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On November 3, 1979, the Communist Workers Party held a â€œDeath to the Klanâ€ rally in Greensboro. A clash with the Ku Klux Klan resulted, leaving five CWP members shot dead in the streets and several wounded. Several Klansmen and Nazi party members were charged with murder, but were acquitted in both state and federal courts. Recently activist groups in Greensboro set up a Truth and Reconciliation tribunal to revisit the event and issue a report in April 2006.
In the longest criminal civil-rights trial in U.S. history, nine Klan-Nazi defendants were acquitted on charges stemming from the 1979 anti-Klan rally in Greensboro. There are four contributing factors that led to the not-guilty verdicts including a conservative interpretation of the federal civil-rights statues, the defense casted the victims as revolutionaries, jury selection did not reflect a cross-section of the community, and defense and prosecution contrasted in experience and style.