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Charges Not Likely in Ole Miss Noose Case

OXFORD, Miss. — The three Georgia 19-year-olds believed to have put a noose around the neck of a statute of James Meredith at Ole Miss may not face criminal charges.

District Attorney Ben Cheekmore said Friday that they have looked into several misdemeanors, but because the statute was not damaged, he has not found any that would he could prosecute in court.  Cheekmore says while the act is despicable, it may also be protected under the constitution.

The students, whose names have not been released, may still be disciplined by the school.  And the FBI said it is still investigating.

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