A past colleague of Attorney General nominee Jeff Sessions has come forward to refute the claims that Sessions has worked hard for civil rights in Alabama, reported The Daily Beast.
Recently, Sessions and his racist past has received much scrutiny, causing him to defend any civil rights litigation he was responsible for. In one case, Sessions was responsible for the conviction of Henry Hays for lynching Michael Donald.
"When I became a U.S. Attorney for the Southern District of Alabama, I, along with Assistant U.S. Attorney Thomas Figures and the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice, worked to solve the [Donald] murder,” Sessions wrote in his response to the Judiciary Committee questionnaire for his AG nomination. “Because the federal government did not have an enforceable death penalty at the time, I insisted that Hays be prosecuted by the local district attorney.”
However, Thomas Figures has said that although they convicted Hays, who was a member of the KKK, Sessions wanted to drop the case several times.
"In the early stages of the case, Mr. Sessions did attempt to persuade me to discontinue pursuit of the case,” Figures testified against Sessions's 1986 appointment. Figures said that Sessions would call the case a waste of time and said that “if the perpetrators were found, I would not be assigned to the case."
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