Friday, June 16, 2006

The Attorney Roscoe Dixon Wishes He'd Had

Coleman Garrett tried the race card in the Dixon trial and failed miserably. By all accounts, he was just not up to the job of distracting the jurors from the overwhelming evidence against his client.

Dixon should have gotten Fred Gray:
Gray's rousing closing argument opened with a Psalm, then segued into a recitation of some of Gray's best known civil rights cases, including his representation of King in the 1960s and, later, the case against the federal government on behalf of black victims of the Tuskegee syphilis study.

As Gray spoke, another member of the Scrushy legal team quietly put up a poster-board of King's, "I have a dream," speech.

With his voice rising to a crescendo, Gray gave the final words from the defendants in this now seven-weeks-long public corruption trial. He implored federal jurors to "fulfill Dr. King's dream and fulfill that old song!"

"Free at last! Free at last! Thank God Almighty we're Free at last!" Gray sang out.

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