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The Need and Basis for the Appointment of a Special Prosecutor in the November 3 Case

Date: circa August 1982

Author: unknown

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Description: This draft position paper outlines the needs for a special prosecutor to be appointed in the federal grand jury investigation regarding the murder five Communist Workers Party members at the Death to the Klan march in Greensboro, North Carolina, on November 3, 1979. Those allegedly involved were acquitted by the North Carolina Superior Court in 1980. The case was appealed to federal district court and hearings began in 1982 in Winston-Salem. Information came out that indicated FBI involvement in the killings thus prompted the need for a special prosecutor to be assigned to this case. This paper details the information which points to government involvement in the killings as well as the Justice Department's conflict of interest in the case and their handling of the case so far. The paper outlines the legal basis for a special prosecutor and the attempts made by attorneys to secure a special prosecutor. This paper was most likely drafted by Lewis Pitts or one of the attorneys working on behalf of the Greensboro Justice Fund.


Format of original: Report

Collection: Edward Burrows Papers

Repository: The University of North Carolina at Greensboro

Item#: 1.5.179

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