Mississippi Man Admits Role in Draping of Noose on Statue of Black Man

A former University of Mississippi student pleaded guilty on Thursday to a federal civil rights charge, admitting his role in the draping of a noose and Confederate flag on a statue of the school's first black student, according to court documents and attorneys. Graeme Phillip Harris, who is white, faces up to a year in prison and a possible $100,000 fine for the misdemeanor charge that he knowingly and willfully intimidated and interfered with African-American students and staff because of their race and color. His attorney, David Hill, said "He wants to admit his involvement in what was a considerably ill-conceived, ill-advised, thoughtless and insensitive drunken act."