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Mon Nov 13, 2017, 11:26 AM

How Doug Jones prosecuted two Klansmen for killing 4 black girls

About Doug Jones.
https://still4hill.com/2017/11/11/our-most-vulnerable-members/

Let’s take a look at the Democrat running against Roy Moore.

1963 Birmingham church bombing:
How Doug Jones prosecuted two Klansmen for killing 4 black girls


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From left, Denise McNair, 11; Carole Robertson, 14; Addie Mae Collins, 14, and Cynthia Dianne Wesley, 14, were killed Sept. 15, 1963, when a bomb exploded at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham, Ala. (AP)
The case haunted Birmingham for years.

Four black girls in Alabama had been killed in the 1963 bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church — a crime that shocked the country and helped fuel the civil rights movement.

Yet the men responsible — members of the Ku Klux Klan who’d boasted about their role — were never tried and convicted. That changed in 1977 when Robert “Dynamite Bob” Chambliss, the suspected ringleader of the bombing, was put on trial.

At the time, Doug Jones, now a Democratic candidate for the U.S. Senate in a hotly contested race Alabama, was a second-year law student. He skipped classes to sit in on the trial, watching in amazement as William Joseph Baxley II, then U.S. attorney in Alabama, presented evidence against Chambliss.

Baxley had received death threats from white supremacists, including an ugly letter from KKK Grand Dragon Edward R. Fields. Baxley responded with a one-sentence missive typed on official stationery: “Dear Dr. Fields, my response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is kiss my ass. Sincerely, Bill Baxley, Attorney General.”

As Jones watched the testimony in the Jefferson County Courthouse, it became clear that Chambliss did not act alone in the bombing.
The four girls killed — 11-year-old Denise McNair and 14-year-olds Carole Robertson, Addie Mae Collins and Cynthia Wesley — had been in the church basement preparing for Sunday service. Addie Mae’s sister, Sarah Jean Collins, who was 12 then, lost an eye in the explosion.

As I gave my undivided attention to Baxley’s powerful closing argument,” Jones told a House crime subcommittee two decades later, “I never in my wildest imagination dreamed that one day this case and my legal career would come full circle, giving me the opportunity, some 24 years later to prosecute the two remaining suspects for a crime that many say changed the course of history.”

More than 20 years after Chambliss was convicted, Jones would become U.S. attorney in Alabama and set out to finish what Baxley started. He brought charges against two more Klan members, Thomas Edwin Blanton Jr., and Bobby Frank Cherry.


The prosecutions have helped make him a contender in his Senate race against Republican Roy Moore, a controversial former judge. On Thursday, Moore was accused by a woman of initiating a sexual encounter with her when she was 14 and he was 32 — allegations he called “completely false” and his campaign dismissed as “the very definition of fake news.”

I remember that bombing and had traveled enough in the Jim Crow South by then to know that I had met little girls just like these four.
Both Condoleeza Rice and Angela Davis knew these little girls.

For many of us, these four deaths hit with a sickening thud.
Much like the Sandy Hook deaths, these children’s murders said we were not protecting our must vulnerable.

When an industry can take strong steps in the face of assaults on the most trusting and vulnerable and government makes excuses, e.g. the ballots are printed, have gone out, folks have voted early … there must be questions.

This is a special election for pete’s sake! It cannot be rescheduled? You cannot find a more honorable candidate and replace this child molester?

Apparently the answer to all of that is no.

I suggest: perhaps instead of a negative campaign against Roy Moore, child molester, a positive campaign in favor of Doug Jones, child defender, might be in order.

MORE at LINK ABOVE & at https://www.washingtonpost.com/news/retropolis/wp/2017/11/09/an-alabama-senate-race-conjures-the-awful-1963-church-bombing-that-killed-4-black-girls/?utm_term=.e02bbd600604
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"The true measure of any society can be found in how it treats its most vulnerable members" ~Mahatma Gandhi


There is a reason why, when you visit Hillary Clinton’s Twitter account, this is the tweet pinned to the top. It has been pinned there for a year and two days as of this writing,

Here:

Hillary Clinton
Hillary Clinton
@HillaryClinton
"To all the little girls watching...never doubt that you are valuable and powerful & deserving of every chance & opportunity in the world."

"Human Rights are Women's Rights"
Hillary Clinton, Bejing 1995

Please support & fund the campaign for Doug Jones

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underpants Nov 13 #1
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More_Cowbell Tuesday #3
robbob Tuesday #4
Wwcd Wednesday #5
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Rhiannon12866 Yesterday #8
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Response to Wwcd (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 11:54 AM

1. Kiss my ass 😀

“Dear Dr. Fields, my response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is kiss my ass. Sincerely, Bill Baxley, Attorney General.”

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Response to Wwcd (Original post)

Mon Nov 13, 2017, 12:04 PM

2. Doug Jones is a good man

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Response to Wwcd (Original post)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 02:56 PM

3. I like your idea of a positive campaign

Instead of just a negative one on Moore. Give people a reason to vote for Jones (though it's hard to believe that that's necessary. But I know it is.)

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Response to More_Cowbell (Reply #3)

Tue Nov 14, 2017, 10:31 PM

4. I hate to be the first to say it...

Maybe in Alabama prosecuting the klan is a reason some deplorables DON’T want to vote for Jones?

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Response to robbob (Reply #4)

Wed Nov 15, 2017, 09:01 AM

5. I think you are correct

Who has been suppressed & who has been exhalted should tell us the answer as to who runs the political show in KKK Kountry.





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Response to robbob (Reply #4)

Mon Nov 20, 2017, 11:48 AM

9. +1

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Response to Wwcd (Original post)

Thu Nov 16, 2017, 03:31 PM

6. Bill Baxley sounds like an interesting character

Youngest state attorney general in US history at the time. He served as AG and Lieutenant Governor while George Wallace was governor. And he of course prosecuted those klansmen.

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Bill_Baxley

And Doug Jones has had quite a notable legal career. https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Doug_Jones_(attorney)

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Response to Wwcd (Original post)

Fri Nov 17, 2017, 08:10 AM

7. K&R

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Response to Wwcd (Original post)

Mon Nov 20, 2017, 02:31 AM

8. Yikes! I remember that the movie "Selma" began with that horrific murder

I was smiling, watching these cute little girls in their pretty church dresses and then there was the blast. I was pretty shaken for the rest of the movie.

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Response to Wwcd (Original post)

Mon Nov 20, 2017, 09:45 PM

10. I hope everyone here has donated to Doug Jones campaign.

Each donation doesn't have to be much if enough people donate.

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