Judge Sides with Obama, Releases Father of Racist Church Bombing Victim

Jay Reeves, Huffington Post, August 29, 2013

A former Alabama politician whose daughter died in a racist church bombing in 1963 was released from a prison medical facility Thursday after a judge sided with an Obama administration call to free him.

Chris McNair was released from prison hours after U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith issued her ruling, said Peggy Sanford, a spokeswoman for the U.S. attorney in Birmingham.

The U.S. Justice Department had sought the release of the 87-year-old McNair on grounds of compassion.

In her ruling, Smith said McNair, who was incarcerated at a federal prison medical center in Rochester, Minn., should be released as soon as his health allowed and travel arrangements could be made.

McNair was part of the scandal-plagued Jefferson County Commission that made deals resulting in a then-record municipal bankruptcy over more than $4 billion in debts.

The administration’s request for leniency asked a judge to reduce McNair’s five-year sentence to the time he has served since entering prison in 2011.

The request said McNair’s “serious and declining health problems are extraordinary and compelling reasons” warranting his release, but it did not mention his link to one of the most infamous crimes of the civil rights era.

McNair is the father of Denise McNair, one of the four black girls killed when Ku Klux Klansmen bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963. {snip}


Chris McNair became one of the Alabama Legislature’s first black members since Reconstruction when he was elected as a state representative in 1973. {snip}


McNair was among 21 people convicted in corruption cases linked to a more than $3 billion sewer project in Alabama’s most populous county.

Citing more than $4 billion debts in all, the county filed what was then the largest municipal bankruptcy in U.S. history in 2011. County leaders are still trying to emerge from bankruptcy.

McNair’s commission duties included overseeing the sewer project, and prosecutors said evidence showed he collected bribes from contractors in return for government work.


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  • Spartacus

    “McNair is the father of Denise McNair, one of the four black girls
    killed when Ku Klux Klansmen bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church
    in Birmingham in 1963.”


    Why hasn’t the Huffington post ever said anything about Channon Christian’s father ?

    • MekongDelta69


      Take a deep breath and hold it for about… 50 years.

      • bob

        Still won’t happen

      • Manaphy

        The Huffing-and-Puffing-ton post never actually reports News. they just sit around and promote Radical Anti-White, Radical Feminist, Liberal gossip.

    • me

      Because the Huffy Post is anti-White and Marxist to the core.

    • Shhhhhh.

  • TheCogitator

    I don’t think this story has much to do with race or compassion. Chris McNair is old and sickly. Releasing him means the cost of his health care will not come out of the prison budget. His health care will be a problem for someone, but not the federal prison system.

    • IstvanIN

      So Medicare and Medicaid will pick up the tab. Still picking whitey’s pockets.

  • Sue

    Try an old German soldier from WWII that did nothing wrong and watch the cockroaches come out of the corners to have him jailed. Compassion my ass!

    • me

      You got that right! It’s all just part of the war on ‘Whitey’.

      • Sue

        Apparently my comment was deleted but I don’t understand why.

  • Easyrhino1

    The guy does only 24 months in jail for his part in a $4,000,000,000 county corruption scandal and we’re supposed to feel compassion?

    Bad precedent, simply get grandpa to engage in malfeasance on behalf of the family, let him serve a few years and the family lives large for generations.

    In a few more years Bernie Madoff will be eligible for a compassionate parole. Maybe Obama will pardon Bernie the way Bill Clinton pardoned Mark Rich the day he moved out of the White House.

    If justice is blind, then Eric (my people) Holder should scan the prison records for all octogenarians that committed white collar crimes and turn them loose as well.

    • me

      The irony is that all that money is still out there somewhere. There isn’t enough fried chicken, skittles, 40 ouncers, and pot in the universe to have spent 4 Billion dollars of stolen money….

      • IstvanIN

        You’d be surprised at how much Fried Chicken they can eat.

    • evilsandmich

      This has been a hobby horse of Denninger’s since the corrupt politicians went to jail, while the corruptors at the financial institutions did not. The banks might just see the corruption as a price to be paid for doing business in a third world country though…

  • MBlanc46

    Where’s the Obama adminstration’s compassion for the white victims of black crime? Apparently they have compassion only for the criminals.

  • bigone4u

    When the time is right for justice, we must show criminals Holder and Obama the same compassion they showed to whites, which is none.

  • “Black cemeteries” and “maintenance” is a contradiction in terms.