Thursday, June 18, 2009

Justice Center cosponsors program about 1963 Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing

The Justice Center co-sponsored "Deferred Justice: The 1963 Birmingham Baptist Church Bombing" with the Alaska Bar Association, the Alaska chapter of the American Board of Trial Adocates (ABOTA), and the Alaska chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) on June 17, 2009 in Anchorage. Over 60 lawyers and students attended the two-hour program presented by Doug Jones, former Alabama U.S. Attorney. While U.S. Attorney, Mr. Jones reopened the case in 2000 and ultimately won convictions in the trials of Ku Klux Klansmen Tommy Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry, for the crime that was called, "the deadliest of the civil rights era."

Pictured left to right are Justice Center Professor Deborah Periman, Alaska Bar Executive Director Deborah O'Regan, former Alabama U.S. Attorney Doug Jones, ABOTA Alaska Chapter President Laura Farley, and ABOTA Alaska Chapter Immediate Past President Gary Zipkin.