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Justice Department gets new deadline for James Ford Seale's appeal

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JACKSON, MS (AP)--New this morning!  The Department of Justice now has more than a month to respond to the appeal of reputed Ku Klux Klansman, James Ford Seale.

The appeal comes after his conviction for kidnapping two black men who were killed in rural Mississippi back in 1964.

Last week, the U.S. Supreme Court granted the Justice Department a deadline of August 9th to respond to the appeal.

The government initially had a deadline which was set for this Friday.

In March, the Fifth U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals upheld Seale's conviction.

Seale, is now 74, was convicted back in 2007 of two counts of kidnapping ... and one of conspiracy to commit kidnapping.  He was given three life sentences.

Authorities say Henry Hezekiah Dee and Charles Eddie Moore, both 19, were beaten by Klansmen and thrown into a muddy backwater of the Mississippi River.

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