Monday, April 17, 2006

Courtroom drama in our backyard...

I had a chance to watch part of the Chris McNair trial the other day--I had no Idea it was even going on (although as a law review dork who spends all his time studying, I am probably not a good barometer of current events...) until I went to watch it. Interesting sub-plot. Here it is in a nutshell: Father of one of the 4 young black girls slain in the 16th St. bombing (back in the really dark days when Birmingham was "Bombingham") rises to prominence as the first black state senator and later as the Jefferson County Commissioner; he was recently indicted in a bribery scheme; his defense lawyer is none other than Doug Jones, the prominent B'ham lawyer that made a name for himself when, as U.S. Attorney, he convicted the men who bombed the 16th St. Baptist Church...

The popular scuttlebut at the courthouse is that no Birmingham jury will ever convict Chris McNair--oh yeah, did I mention that some of the alleged kickback money was used to build a memorial to his murdered daughter?

Read about the trial here, here, here, here, and here


Blogger Shrimp Boat said...

I wonder if it's hard going from prosecuting criminals to defending them?

1:17 PM  

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