1989: Mississippian Richard H. Truly becomes first astronaut to head NASA

June 1989: John Grisham publishes first novel, A Time to Kill

July 27, 1989: U.S. District Judge William H. Barbour Jr. rules that Sovereignty Commission files should be opened

Judge Barbour delayed opening while privacy plaintiffs appealed.

October 1, 1989: Clarion-Ledger reports Sovereignty Commission screened potential jurors for 1964 Medgar Evers murder trials

The revelation, brought to light by Clarion-Ledger reporter Jerry Mitchell, prompted prosecutors to investigate the commission’s action and set in motion a probe that led to a third trial of Byron De La Beckwith for the murder of Medgar Evers.

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