Former Mobile District Attorney defends Jeff Sessions
MOBILE, Ala (WPMI) —
A former Mobile Co. District Attorney is defending Alabama Senator Jeff Sessions, saying not only is his former colleague not a racist, but he helped dismantle the KKK in Alabama.
Donald Trump's Attorney General pick sparked controversy from the beginning. The senator was denied federal judgeship three decades ago, when he was accused of calling a black assistant U.S. Attorney “boy.”
But former DA Chris Galanos said Sessions played a monumental role in the prosecution of two KKK members, including Henry Hays, who helped kidnap and kill a 19-year-old black man in Mobile.
Still, Donald Trump's AG nominee continues to spark heated debates on national news outlets about whether Sessions should be the country's next head of the Department of Justice.
"What they need to know is he's not a racist. I have never heard him even suggest racist comments. Either publicly or privately and I spent a lot of private time with him," said Galanos, who was the DA in the 1980's when Sessions was U.S. Attorney.
Galanos said because of Sessions, his office was able to prosecute and eventually execute a KKK member responsible for the vicious murder and hanging of a black teenager, Michael Donald.
"We needed some horsepower, which the feds through Jeff Sessions provided. Specifically we needed the investigative power of the FBI and the power of the federal grand jury. I reached out to him (Sessions) and he responded, tell me what you'll need and you'll have it," said Galanos.
Galanos said in his opinion, it was the first step in the dismemberment of the KKK in Alabama.
"Because after the criminal cases were over, the Southern Poverty Law Center took the evidence we had developed and gave to them and they sued civilly and got a $7 million dollar verdict on behalf of Ms. Donald," said Galanos.