Jeff Sessions will not protect Civil Rights

During his confirmation hearing to lead the U. S. Department of Justice, Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL) claimed to have vigorously prosecuted Ku Klux Klan members for the lynching of a young black man while he was U. S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama. Sessions went as far as touting his involvement in this case as evidence of his commitment to civil rights of minorities. I know better.

My name is Hank Sanders, and I am a member of the Alabama State Senate and a lawyer of 45 years in Alabama. Michael Donald the young man lynched by the Klan, was my wife’s cousin. I can tell you from firsthand experience that he did not want to vigorously pursue that case. In fact, he tried to close the case but Thomas Figures, an African American attorney in his office, fought over and over to keep Sessions from closing the case.

This is not my first time having to expose one of the Senators cover ups. I testified at Senator Sessions (then U.S. Attorney Sessions) failed confirmation hearing to become a federal judge in 1986. Due to my own experience as the initial attorney in the 1985 wrongful prosecution of Albert Turner, Evelyn Turner and Spencer Hogue, commonly known as the “Marion Three,” I am adamantly opposed to the confirmation of Senator Session. I know firsthand the wrongful excessive intimidation utilized by U. S. Attorney Sessions in that case.

Today, (Wednesday) I sat in the Senate Judiciary Committee and could not believe my eyes as I witnessed one of our nation’s most polarizing figures being considered for Attorney General of the United States of America. Jeff Sessions’s long history demonstrated that he was unfit 30 years ago to be a federal judge and is unfit to be Attorney General of the United States of America in 2017. Senator Sessions and some of his supporters are trying to revise history, but they cannot change the facts. Senator Jeff Sessions will not do justice as head of the U. S. Justice Department.