Killen, 85, was convicted in 2005 in connection with the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman, and Michael Schwerner.
The lawsuit filed this week in federal court seeks financial damages from the FBI and a declaration that his rights were violated.
"Money is secondary, we really just want the truth out," said Robert A. Ratliff, Killen's attorney. "What we're looking for is the complete, unredacted FBI file. Stand up and tell us what happened."
Federal Lawsuit Claims
Some of the claims made in the lawsuit include:
- Clayton Lewis, one of Killen's defense lawyers in his 1967 trial, was a paid FBI informant.
- Known gangster and killer Gregory Scarpa Sr. was paid by the FBI to coerce witnesses to find the bodies of the three civil rights workers.
- Some of the testimony from deceased witnesses from his 1967 trial, used to convict him in his 2005 trial, was obtained by Lewis and Scarpa.