ATLANTA (AP) – More than 70 years ago, a historian investigated the unresolved lynching of two black couples in rural Georgia. He hopes that some answers will finally be within his reach. A federal court of appeal confirmed on Monday the decision of a lower court Discover the transcripts of grand jury proceedings that followed a multi-month investigation into the murders.Roger and Dorothy Malcom and George and Mae Murray Dorsey were in a car stopped by a white crowd at Moore's Ford Bridge, overlooking the Apalachee River, in July 1946. They were removed from the car and repeatedly shot on along the banks of the river. After the national outcry provoked by the killings, President Harry Truman sent the FBI into rural Walton County, just over 80 km east of Atlanta. . Officers have been investigating for months and have identified dozens of potential suspects, but a grand jury meeting in December 1946 has not charged anyone.Anthony Pitch, who wrote a book on lynching in 2016 – "The Last Lynch : How a macabre mass murder rocked a small Georgia Town "- asked to have access to the proceedings before the grand jury, hoping to clarify what happened. In 2017, a federal judge granted Pitch's request to disclose the case, but US Department of Justice lawyers appealed. secret and must remain sealed. A panel of three judges from the 11th US Circuit Appeals Court on Monday decided 2-1 to uphold the lower court's order. "I think it's just huge," said Pitch by phone after the publication of the 11th Circuit's decision. His lawyer, Joe Bell, said he was "absolutely delighted". "I think our case was on the bright side of history, and I think the court also felt it that way," Bell said by phone, adding later: "Maybe that the truth is now true A regrettable and horrible act will finally be discovered and presented to the whole world. "The Justice Ministry refused to comment on the decision of the 11th Circuit. The rules governing the secrecy of the grand jury allow exceptions. The binding precedents of the 11th Circuit indicate that courts can go beyond these exceptions and order the disclosure of grand jury records in "exceptional circumstances". The majority opinion says that the historical significance of this case is commensurate with the case law. Roger Malcom, 24, was imprisoned after stabbing and seriously wounded a white man, Barnett Hester, in an argument. Witnesses told the authorities that Malcom presumed that Hester slept with his wife. A white farmer, Loy Harrison, paid $ 600 US to free Malcom on July 25, 1946. He drove the Malcoms home and Dorseys home, he told investigators, after being ambushed Harrison was unhurt and told the authorities that he did not recognize anyone among the crowd, which numbered between 20 and 25 people according to the FBI. An FBI report noted that Harrison was a former Ku Kluxman activist and well known. The FBI investigation that lasted for several months has identified many possible suspects, some simply because they were family, friends or Hester's neighbors, or because ### They did not have any alibis. Investigators have re-examined the case on several occasions, and journalists, students, human rights groups and historians have visited the bridge and surrounding towns in the hope of find evidence or find someone who would speak. "The Moore's Ford Lynching is clearly an event of outstanding historical significance," Circuit Judge Charles Wilson wrote in the opinion of the majority released on Monday. "Compared to the journalist or family member of a victim seeking to have access to the details of an unsolved salacious crime, Moore's Ford Lynching is historically important because it is closely related to national civil rights movement. " has happened that witnesses, suspects or their immediate family members are probably not alive to be intimidated, persecuted or arrested. District Judge James Graham of Ohio, who sat on the committee, said in a dissenting opinion that "judges should not be daring enough to allow themselves to decide on the need for". The existence of the exception relating to historical value and the criteria to be applied ". He also feared that people still alive would suffer reputational damage if the transcripts "reveal that their parent or grandparent is a suspect, an equivocal witness or refuses to cooperate, a grand jury member who refused to accused, or whose name has been identified as a member of the Klan. "