Fifty years ago today, October 14, 1967
Civil Rights Trial
The defense is calling the bulk of its witnesses today in an attempt to punch holes in the Justice Department’s case against 18 white men charged with conspiracy in the deaths of three civil rights workers in June 1964.
Defense lawyers said the case would probably go to the all-white jury by the middle of next week.
Three former city policemen charged with burglary are among 37 defendants scheduled for trial in Superior Court during the two weeks of court beginning Monday.
The ex-officers scheduled to go on trial are Donald W. Hall, C.L. Bush and T.C. Hill.
Union representatives Friday met with Mayor Don Bailey and Lemuel Downing, chairman of the Phenix City Industrial Development Board, over negotiations by Swift Manufacturing Co. with Davis Construction Co. of Albany.
Union officials claim the Albany firm plansd to use out-of-town labor in the construction of the Swift plant in Phenix City.