Jackson Free Press Blogs the James Ford Seale Trial

Contact: Matt Saldaña at 781.249.1842
Donna Ladd at 601.966.0834
Kate Medley at 601.951.0492

The Jackson Free Press, Mississippi’s only alternative newspaper, is continuing its in-depth coverage of the Charles Moore-Henry Dee murders by blogging the trial of James Ford Seale daily. Testimony began today, and the trial is expected to last up to two weeks.

The Seale trial began last week with unusually emotional jury admissions by both white and black jurors during several harrowing days of voir dire in which potential jurors break down in tears and sobs as they revealed certain memories about race-related incidents. JFP reporter Matt Saldaña wrote about those revealing moments daily on the JFP’s Justice Blog, where the paper’s coverage of the Dee-Moore case, and other civil-rights cases, is archived at www.roadtomeadville.com.

Saldaña has covered all pre-trial hearings and will cover every moment of the Seale trial, filing daily blog postings. The JFP will also be posting PDFs of relevant court filings and links to pertinent information about the case throughout the trial.

The Jackson Free Press accompanied Thomas Moore, the brother of Charles Moore, on his journey back to Mississippi in July 2005 looking for justice in his brother’s case. During that trip, the Jackson Free Press and the Canadian Broadcasting Corp., which was filming the trip for a later documentary, discovered that the primary suspect, James Ford Seale, was still alive, leading U.S. Attorney Dunn Lampton to pledge to re-investigate the case.

Freelance photographer Kate Medley photographed Thomas Moore’s journey for justice, as well as several related stories for the Jackson Free Press, the Associated Press, The New York Times and others. Kate can be reached at: 601.951.0492 or kate.medley (at) gmail.com.

Follow the “Road to Meadville” blog about the James Ford Seale trial here: www.roadtomeadville.com

The Jackson Free Press’ stories on the case since July 2005 are archived here.

The JFP’s July 2005 first award-winning story about Thomas Moore’s journey is here.