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By Paul West and Paul West,Sun Staff Correspondent | November 17, 1991
BATON ROUGE, La. -- Democrat Edwin W. Edwards rolled to a landslide win over Republican David E. Duke in the bitterly fought Louisiana governor's runoff election yesterday.The populist former governor swept to victory on an avalanche of black votes and widespread fears that Mr. Duke's election would wreak economic calamity on the state.In post-election speeches, both candidates conveyed essentially the same message: that the campaign in Louisiana may well have been the opening skirmish in a new national political battle over race.
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By NEW YORK TIMES NEWS SERVICE | September 10, 2005
A judge sent Edgar Ray Killen, the former Klansman convicted of the 1964 killing of three civil rights workers in Mississippi, back to prison yesterday, saying Killen had deceived the court about his health when he asked to be released on bond. The hearing was called after Killen, who was granted bail after testifying that he had to use a wheelchair, was seen up and walking by sheriff's deputies. "That's incredible to me," the judge, Marcus Gordon, said. "I feel fraud has been committed on this court."
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By Jean Marbella | May 6, 2001
IT WAS A SPARKLING SPRING morning, a day that begged to be spent anywhere but in a dark, wood-paneled courtroom where some particularly ugly history was being dredged up. Even Circuit Judge James Garrett didn't want to be there - or rather, he didn't want us to be there. Outsiders - Yankees probably - had descended on Birmingham, Ala., to watch an old Klansman stand trial for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church almost 38 years ago, killing four black girls dressed in their Sunday best and tidying up before services.
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By LOS ANGELES TIMES | August 17, 2005
ATLANTA - Mississippi's attorney general has challenged a judge's decision to grant bail to former Ku Klux Klan member Edgar Ray Killen, who was freed from prison Friday, less than two months into his 60-year sentence. Killen was convicted in June of three counts of manslaughter in the 1964 deaths of civil rights workers Andrew Goodman, James Chaney and Michael Schwerner. In an emergency petition to the state Supreme Court, submitted Monday night, Attorney General Jim Hood argued that Killen, 80, remains a violent and dangerous man. Hood said that a Killen relative made death threats against Circuit Judge Marcus Gordon and that an anonymous caller threatened to bomb the courthouse.
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February 7, 1998
Pete Smith, 57, whose testimony against his Ku Klux Klansman uncle led to the only conviction in the 1963 Birmingham, Ala., church bombing that killed four black girls, died in Birmingham Tuesday of lung cancer.Junior Hernandez, 34, a raspy-voiced radio host whose Spanish-language morning program was the second-most-popular radio show in New York City, died of a heart attack Wednesday outside the WSKQ-FM offices in Manhattan. He had suffered from asthma.Pub Date: 2/07/98
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By Greg Tasker and Greg Tasker,Staff Writer | September 23, 1993
FREDERICK -- A decision to allow a car adorned with Ku Klux Klan slogans and symbols to participate in a local fair has outraged civil rights leaders in this Western Maryland county."
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By DAN BERGER | January 28, 1992
Q. How is safe sex like free lunch? A. It is what there is no such thing as.Bush is wiping out affirmative action. No tinpot Klansman is going to steal his thunder again.We are going to sell corn to Soviet republics and if they pay for it on time we are going to sell them even more. Some people call that foreign aid, but it is unclear which side is being aided.American Jews cherish Yitzhak Shamir's country, not his policies. There's a difference.Chesapeake conundrum: Oil or the last oyster, choose one.
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September 21, 1992
JUST AS your mother always told you, two wrongs apparently do not make a right.Thus, a 19-year-old Bel Air man, Curt A. Muffley, faces theft charges in Worcester County criminal court for allegedly grabbing the mask off a Ku Klux Klansman at a KKK recruitment rally July 4th amid the bustle of the boardwalk in Ocean City. The rally quickly dissolved when the hate ghosts were ridden out of town on a rail by vacationers, who had left their troubles at home, but not their consciences.Klansman Hobert Cox, 25, of Elkton, is to be tried for battery and hindering a police officer for allegedly attacking the man who tried to take his hood, according to the Associated Press.
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May 20, 2002
JUSTICE DELAYED is better than justice denied. And when the pursuit of justice is integral to healing wounds that linger from racial transgressions, that axiom's truth becomes even more self-evident. That's why police are investigating a 34-year-old racially motivated murder that still inspires bitter feelings in a small Indiana town. And that's why they're holding a trial in Alabama to determine whether a former Klansman had anything to do with a 1963 church bombing that killed four little black girls.
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By LYLE DENNISTON and LYLE DENNISTON,Lyle Denniston covers legal issues and the Supreme Court for The Sun | December 15, 1991
Washington. -- Americans sometimes tend to think that being an American is to be someone who has rights. It is a proud and happy thought -- one that ordinarily might seem fitting today, the 200th birthday of the Bill of Rights.But that is a thought that might go sour if more Americans knew how truly foul-humored the debate is these days over "rights" of any kind.Those who have the most to say about what rights exist and who should enjoy them engage in often rancorous discussion that can make most unpleasant the very idea that a new right might be created, or an old one strengthened or redefined.
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By John Moreno Gonzales and John Moreno Gonzales,NEWSDAY | June 24, 2005
PHILADELPHIA, Miss. - His past as a spiritual leader of this town stripped away and replaced with an inmate's jumpsuit, 80-year-old Edgar Ray Killen was sentenced yesterday to the maximum of 60 years for the killing of three civil rights workers in 1964. Judge Marcus Gordon ordered the penalty against the former Ku Klux Klan leader for the deaths of James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner. He said Killen was receiving 20 years of punishment for each man. "The three lives should absolutely be respected and treated equally," Gordon said, in a legal principle that is echoed in the principles that the rights workers advocated.
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
Image accomplished. The mission may be awaiting final resolution, but the Iraq War has now delivered what could become its signature image, a Kodak Moment of creepiness that shows a hooded Iraqi seemingly wired for electro-torture by American military guards at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. President George W. Bush has done Arab-television interviews, and his administration has issued multiple apologies. But the visual impression has already been stamped on the world's collective consciousness.
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May 20, 2002
JUSTICE DELAYED is better than justice denied. And when the pursuit of justice is integral to healing wounds that linger from racial transgressions, that axiom's truth becomes even more self-evident. That's why police are investigating a 34-year-old racially motivated murder that still inspires bitter feelings in a small Indiana town. And that's why they're holding a trial in Alabama to determine whether a former Klansman had anything to do with a 1963 church bombing that killed four little black girls.
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By Jean Marbella | May 6, 2001
IT WAS A SPARKLING SPRING morning, a day that begged to be spent anywhere but in a dark, wood-paneled courtroom where some particularly ugly history was being dredged up. Even Circuit Judge James Garrett didn't want to be there - or rather, he didn't want us to be there. Outsiders - Yankees probably - had descended on Birmingham, Ala., to watch an old Klansman stand trial for the bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church almost 38 years ago, killing four black girls dressed in their Sunday best and tidying up before services.
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By Jean Marbella and Jean Marbella,SUN NATIONAL STAFF | April 26, 2001
BIRMINGHAM, Ala. - The bombing of the 16th Street Baptist Church in 1963 is one of the most infamous events in civil rights history, and yet yesterday, prosecutors presented two expert witnesses to testify that the explosion that killed four black girls was caused by a bomb. Prosecutors said they needed two FBI agents to verify that a bomb - rather than an accident such as a gas explosion - caused the deaths of the girls as part of their case charging former Ku Klux Klansman Thomas Blanton Jr., 62, with murder.
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August 28, 1998
THE LESSON of the conviction of the Ku Klux Klan leader who ordered the 1966 murder of Vernon Dahmer is that times are not what they used to be. Thank God. No Mississippi jury 30 years ago would convict a white man of killing an African-American.Sam Bowers ordered fellow Klansmen to do a "No. 4" on Mr. Dahmer. The home of the Hattiesburg, Miss., NAACP leader was set on fire. He died fighting the blaze. Bowers ordered the deed. He was tried three times. Each trial ended with a hung jury.Mr.
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By Harold Jackson | July 13, 1996
THE FIRST ADMITTED member of the Ku Klux Klan I ever met was Don Black. Bob Ehrlich has been saying some things that remind me of him. No, I don't think the conservative Maryland congressman is a Klansman or even a closet racist. But he should be more careful about the image he projects.Black -- which is a hell of a name for an Alabama Klansman -- looked nothing like your stereotype. This was back in the mid-70s. He was young, good-looking, carefully groomed, articulate and cordial. A dental technician by trade, he always wore a suit and tie.As a cub reporter in Birmingham, I interviewed Black when he and a group of malcontents were protesting something innocuous like a curriculum change in city schools.
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By Tom Dunkel and Tom Dunkel,SUN STAFF | May 6, 2004
Image accomplished. The mission may be awaiting final resolution, but the Iraq War has now delivered what could become its signature image, a Kodak Moment of creepiness that shows a hooded Iraqi seemingly wired for electro-torture by American military guards at Abu Ghraib prison near Baghdad. President George W. Bush has done Arab-television interviews, and his administration has issued multiple apologies. But the visual impression has already been stamped on the world's collective consciousness.
NEWS
February 7, 1998
Pete Smith, 57, whose testimony against his Ku Klux Klansman uncle led to the only conviction in the 1963 Birmingham, Ala., church bombing that killed four black girls, died in Birmingham Tuesday of lung cancer.Junior Hernandez, 34, a raspy-voiced radio host whose Spanish-language morning program was the second-most-popular radio show in New York City, died of a heart attack Wednesday outside the WSKQ-FM offices in Manhattan. He had suffered from asthma.Pub Date: 2/07/98
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By Harold Jackson | July 13, 1996
THE FIRST ADMITTED member of the Ku Klux Klan I ever met was Don Black. Bob Ehrlich has been saying some things that remind me of him. No, I don't think the conservative Maryland congressman is a Klansman or even a closet racist. But he should be more careful about the image he projects.Black -- which is a hell of a name for an Alabama Klansman -- looked nothing like your stereotype. This was back in the mid-70s. He was young, good-looking, carefully groomed, articulate and cordial. A dental technician by trade, he always wore a suit and tie.As a cub reporter in Birmingham, I interviewed Black when he and a group of malcontents were protesting something innocuous like a curriculum change in city schools.
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