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Alabama Civil Rights Crimes Indictments / Stoner #50510

ABC Evening News for Wednesday, Sep 28, 1977
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(Studio) Alabama grand jury hands out indictments in terrorism incidents against blacks in civil rights struggle of 1950's and 1960's. One arrest was made on Tuesday and today, Georgia attorney J.B. Stoner gives self up.
REPORTER: Harry Reasoner

(Marietta, Georgia) Stoner surrenders to superior court judge in Marietta, Georgia; is charged with 1958 bombing of black church in Birmingham, Alabama, and with placing dynamite nearhouse next to it. Stoner's sympathies with white supremacy cited. Stoner is head of National States Rights party and publishes newsletter, "Thunderbolt." Isn't member of KKK, considering it too liberal. Stoner says he's innocent of charges and Alabama attorney general is out to get him. [STONER - says attorney general Baxley is trying to corrupt and distort law.] [Attorney general Bill BAXLEY - says statute of limitations hasn't run out, as Stoner claims.] Stoner claims undercover FBI agent and detective offered him money to do bombing. [STONER - claims it was trap to destroy him.] [BAXLEY - thinks Stoner is probably most dangerous bigot alive.] Stoner's arrest indicates new determination to solve unsolved crimes of civil rights era. Alabama authorities promise more indictments.
REPORTER: Bettina Gregory

Reporter(s):
Gregory, Bettina;
Reasoner, Harry
Duration:
00:02:20

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