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WTVA spoke with the son of a prosecutor in the Emitt Till case.

JULY 12 2018

Posted: Thu Jul 12 15:52:06 PDT 2018
Updated: Thu Jul 12 15:52:07 PDT 2018

Speech to Text for WTVA spoke with the son of a prosecutor in the Emitt Till case.

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a prosecutor in the case lives right here in tupelo. in tonight's team coverage...he tells wtva's daranesha herron how the case changed his life. tag." the reopening of the63 year oldemmitt till murder case has brought back emotions for many. today i spoke with jack smith. the son of one of the prosecutors in this case. he says his father would be proud to see the progress in this case. pkg "i think it would be something he would enforce and improveof.imsure he felt he should havegotten a conviction in this obviousmurdercase. -jacksmith this ishis father robertsmith. jack smith says not many wanted to prosecute to the case. his father however stepped forward. "this was no whitewashed, winkwink prosecution. theytried totoconvict these guys with everything they had." he showed letters sentto his father in 1955.... some of those letters were hateful -- saying he betrayed race. others praised him for his work. jack smith was 7 at the time of the trial, but it still affected his life. "i remember we hadhighway patrol men with us 24/7 in fear that someone would do something to my family." tag smith says looking back at how horrible mississippi was he knows his father would be happy with the progress the state has made. reporting in tupelo daranesha herron wtva9news smith says looking back at how horrible mississippi was he knows his father would be happy with the progress the state has made. reporting in tupelo daranesha herron wtva9news it's been
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