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with Perlman, after we had finished this arraignment, I said, “Let's go over and get the papers.” We go outside, start walking across the street, when suddenly this group of people -- white Southern farmers -- start following us clapping their hands like that, about 10, 15 of them. And Perlman said to me: “We're in trouble.” He had been beaten up in Hattiesburg on an earlier occasion, and I said, “Well, what should we do?” He said, “Let's make a quick turnaround and try to get back into the city hall.” So as we're walking he said, “Okay, one, two, three,” and we turn around, walk through these people, who were surprised we had done it so quickly, and we walked into city hall. I'm scared to death. I never had this happen to me before. And who should I see but the prosecutor, who I had met that very morning upstairs during the arraignment process, and I say to him, “There's a crowd out there and they want to assault us, and you have to help us.” So he said, “I can't help you.” And I said, “I'm an officer of this court” -- which is a lot of bull shit -- “and I demand that you protect me as an officer of this court.” The guy looks at me like I'm crazy. I said, “At least get me to a phone.” He said, “All right, I'll get you to a phone.”

He takes me into the mayor's office and says, “Let him use the phone.” And I called the FBI. They had an FBI office in Laurel. I had the number, and I call them up, and the opening line at the other end is: “Federal Bureau of Investigation, Robert E. Lee speaking.” So help me, that was his name. That was the

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