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Montgomery-based civil rights group targets cold cases

MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP)_A Montgomery-based advocacy group and its supporters say they are asking state authorities to review old civil rights slaying cases. The request comes as the Capitol city prepares to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Montgomery Bus Boycott.

Scott Smith Junior of the Veterans of the Civil Rights Movement said yesterday that his group has asked Governor Bob Riley and Attorney General Troy King to pursue aging cases. The offices have not yet received the group's request.

Earlier this year, members of the Alabama Legislative Black Caucus asked federal and state authorities to prosecute a former state trooper who fatally shot civil rights demonstrator Jimmy Lee Jackson 40 years ago.

Chris Bence, a spokesman for King, said the Jimmy Lee Jackson case is active and is under review by the attorney general's office and the Alabama Bureau of Investigation.

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