Case: United States v. Cecil Price [Mississippi Burning Case]

66-cr-05291 | U.S. District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi

Filed Date: 1966

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Case Summary

Defendants were charged with conspiracy to injure three men in exercise of right not to be deprived of life or liberty without due process of law by persons acting under color of laws of state and with willfully subjecting the three men to deprivation of their right, not to be summarily punished without due process of law by persons acting under color of laws of state. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi dismissed in part the indictments and direct appeals …

Defendants were charged with conspiracy to injure three men in exercise of right not to be deprived of life or liberty without due process of law by persons acting under color of laws of state and with willfully subjecting the three men to deprivation of their right, not to be summarily punished without due process of law by persons acting under color of laws of state. The United States District Court for the Southern District of Mississippi dismissed in part the indictments and direct appeals were taken. The Supreme Court, Mr. Justice Fortas, held that, if release of three men from county jail, interception of them on highway and assault and murder of them was joint activity of state officers and nonofficial defendants, nonofficial defendants were acting under color of law in violation of statute and that indictment alleging that sheriff, deputy sheriff and patrolmen, under color of law, participated in conspiracy to punish three persons in custody in county jail without due process of law alleged state action bringing conspiracy within ambit of Fourteenth Amendment.


Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hauberg, Robert E. Jr. (Mississippi)

Owen, Robert C (Texas)

Attorneys(s) for Plaintiff

Hauberg, Robert E. Jr. (Mississippi)

Owen, Robert C (Texas)

Documents in the Clearinghouse

Document

[FBI Documents in file, 4 of 9]

United States v. Price

June 29, 1964 Other

[FBI Documents in file, 6 of 9]

United States v. Price

Aug. 7, 1964 Other

[FBI Documents in file, 5 of 9]

United States v. Price

Aug. 10, 1964 Other

[FBI Documents in file, 1 of 9]

United States v. Price

Sept. 16, 1964 Other

[FBI Documents in file, 2 of 9]

United States v. Price

Sept. 21, 1964 Other

Jurisdictional Statement; Motion to Consolidate Appeals; Motion for Expedited Hearing

United States of America v. Price

Supreme Court of the United States

Oct. 1, 1964 Pleading / Motion / Brief

[FBI Documents in file, 7 of 9]

United States v. Price

Dec. 7, 1964 Other

[FBI Documents in file, 8 of 9]

United States v. Price

Dec. 16, 1964 Other

[FBI Documents in file, 3 of 9]

United States v. Price

Dec. 19, 1964 Other

[FBI Documents in file, 9 of 9]

United States v. Price

March 5, 1965 Other

Resources

Title Description External URL

Henry Hampton Collection: John Doar

John Doar, Henry Hampton Collection

This interview was done for Henry Hampton's Eyes on the Prize: America's Civil Rights Years (1954-1965). Doar served as an attorney and as Assistant Attorney General for the Department of Justice's … Nov. 15, 1985 http://digital.wustl.edu/cgi/t/text/text-idx?c=eop;cc=eop;rgn=main;view=text;idno=doa0015.0543.028

Bending Toward Justice: John Doar and the Mississippi Burning Trial

Douglas O. Linder

Dec. 1, 2002

The Mississippi Burning Trial: A Primary Source Account

Bill Scheppler

Jan. 1, 2003

Famous Trials, U. S. vs Cecil Price et al. ("Mississippi Burning" Trial)

Douglas O. Linder, University of Missouri-Kansas City School of Law

Website includes Chronology of Events, In Quotes, Maps, Biographies, FBI Poster, KKK Documents, Transcript Excerpts, The Jury's Decision, Doar's Story, Supreme Court Decision, Images, "Mississippi Bu… Jan. 1, 2008 http://www.law.umkc.edu/faculty/projects/FTrials/price&bowers/price&bowers.htm

Docket

Last updated May 11, 2022, 8 p.m.

Docket sheet not available via the Clearinghouse.

State / Territory: Mississippi

Case Type(s):

Election/Voting Rights

Key Dates

Filing Date: 1966