Opening arguments set for Monday in Seale trial

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) - Opening arguments are set to start Monday afternoon in the federal trial of reputed Klansman James Ford Seale.

Jury selection went late into tonight (Friday) and the pool of potential jurors is now down to 34 people from across the southern half of Mississippi.

U-S- District Judge Henry T- Wingate says 12 jurors and an as-yet unannounced number of alternates will be chosen at 10 A-M- Monday.

Jury selection in the kidnapping and conspiracy trial started Wednesday -- and it the process uncovering some generational differences in attitudes about race.

Some older blacks say they've had negative experiences while some older whites say this case should be left alone.

Meanwhile, some younger prospective jurors are saying all they know about the Ku Klux Klan is what they've read in school or seen in movies such as "Mississippi Burning."

Lawyers are going through a detailed series of questions to try to choose a dozen people, and a yet-unannounced number of alternates, to decide whether Seale, now 71, took part in abducting Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19.

Moore and Dee were beaten and dumped into the Mississippi River to die in 19-64.

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