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Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:20 PM

Trump's pick for attorney general is shadowed by race and history

Evelyn Turner is 80 now and a stroke survivor, but she can still recall sitting in a packed courthouse in Selma, Ala., facing a jury that could send her and her husband, an aide to Martin Luther King Jr., to prison for 150 years.

The charges: mail fraud, voting more than once, and changing absentee ballots.

The trial “was nerve-racking,” recalled Turner, a mother of four. “I didn’t know if I was going to go to jail and leave my family.”

The U.S. attorney bringing the election fraud case was Jeff Sessions, today a four-term Republican senator from Alabama who is President-elect Donald Trump’s nominee for attorney general. Back in 1985 when his prosecutors tried the Turners and a third activist, black Americans were gaining ground in elective offices across the South. Sessions’s office charged the “Marion Three” — named after the Perry County town where the voter fraud allegedly took place — with tampering with absentee ballots cast by mostly elderly black voters to favor the activists’ preferred candidates.

Sessions’s team lost the case. After deliberating for three hours, a jury of seven blacks and five whites found the defendants not guilty on all charges. The case and allegations of racial insensitivity figured prominently at a Senate hearing a year later at which Sessions’s nomination to be a federal judge was defeated by a vote of the Judiciary Committee. Some 30 years later, he will appear before the same committee — of which he is now a senior member — as the nominee to become the next attorney general.

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Reply Trump's pick for attorney general is shadowed by race and history (Original post)
DonViejo Dec 2016 OP
beachbum bob Dec 2016 #1
philosslayer Dec 2016 #5
InAbLuEsTaTe Dec 2016 #6
LongTomH Dec 2016 #2
5X Dec 2016 #3
Paladin Dec 2016 #4
InAbLuEsTaTe Dec 2016 #7
bravenak Dec 2016 #9
Yo_Mama_Been_Loggin Dec 2016 #8
mentalsolstice Dec 2016 #10

Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:21 PM

1. seesions is an example of when to use the filibuster to stop an unqualified appointment

 

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:36 PM

5. Only 51 votes are necessary. This can't be filibustered

 

Blame Harry Reid for changing the rules.

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Response to beachbum bob (Reply #1)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:41 PM

6. Precisely!! If not now, when?!?! Guaran-damn-tee you Bernie will be the one on point on this one!

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:23 PM

2. Is there a single Trump appointee who isn't shadowed?

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Response to LongTomH (Reply #2)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:29 PM

3. From the very top down. n/t

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:31 PM

4. If Sessions has ANY redeeming social or political value, I haven't seen it.

The guy is a full-on racist scumbag, the very embodiment of the neo-confederate movement. The idea of him occupying the same position once held by RFK makes me want to puke.

I hope his confirmation hearing is payback for at least some of the shitty things he's been responsible for, over the years.

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Response to Paladin (Reply #4)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 12:44 PM

7. Sessions has all the traits of a Nazi racist pig, just like his Master, Fuhrer-Elect tRump.

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 04:15 PM

8. K&R

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Response to DonViejo (Original post)

Sun Dec 25, 2016, 06:26 PM

10. As if the news can't get any worse

If Sessions is confirmed, rumor has the AL Gov. Bentley is thinking about appointing Roy Moore to fill the vacancy.

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