5th US Circuit overturns Seale's conviction

A federal appeals court on Tuesday vacated

the conviction of James Ford Seale, the reputed Ku Klux Klan member

who was serving three life sentences for his role in the 1964

abduction and deaths of two black Mississippi teenagers.

The 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals, in a 20-page decision,

said it agreed with arguments set forth by his attorney that the

statute of limitations in the case had expired. As a result,

Seale's conviction is overturned.

Seale was convicted of kidnapping and conspiracy in the

abductions of Charles Eddie Moore and Henry Hezekiah Dee, both 19.

The men disappeared from Franklin County in Mississippi on May 2,

1964. Their decomposed bodies, mostly skeletal remains, were pulled

more than two months later from the Mississippi River.