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Famed prosecutor in Civil Rights bombings speaks at Stetson Law on March 12





FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE                                          Contact:  Brandi Palmer

March 11, 2009                                                                       Communications Office

                                                                                                (727) 562-7381


Famed prosecutor in Civil Rights bombings speaks at Stetson Law on March 12


GULFPORT, Fla.G. Douglas Jones will present "Justice delayed, but not denied: the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing prosecutions" on March 12 at 12:15 p.m. in the Great Hall at Stetson University College of Law,

1401 61st St. S., Gulfport

WHAT:           Doug Jones discusses one of the most significant prosecutions from U.S. Civil Rights history as part of Stetson University College of Law’s annual Nichols Foundation Prominent Speaker Lecture Series. The series is named for Perry Nichols, who served as president of the American Trial Lawyers As­sociation and the International Trial Lawyers Association.


WHERE:        Great Hall, Stetson University College of Law,

1401 61st St. S., Gulfport

WHEN:           March 12, 12:15 p.m.-1 p.m.


WHO:                         Jones is the former U.S. Attorney for the northern district of Alabama who prosecuted and won murder convictions against Thomas Blanton Jr. in 2001 and Bobby Frank Cherry in 2002 for the 1963 bombing of Birmingham’s

16th Street
Baptist Church that killed four young girls.


WHY:                         This invitation-only lecture addresses the importance of justice and one of the most important cases from Civil Rights history. The

16th Street
Baptist Church bombing was the turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Attorney Jones secured murder convictions in the case nearly 40 years after the 1963 bombing.


Editor’s note: This event is not open to the public, but members of the media are encouraged to attend.


Stetson University College of Law is Florida’s first law school. It has educated lawyers for more than a century. The law school is located in the Gulfport/St. Petersburg area with a law center in downtown Tampa.

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