Doug Jones ’79 Tells The Prosecution Story of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church Bombing

Posted: Tue, 09/17/2013 - 13:01

This past Sunday, September 15, 2013, marked the 50th Anniversary of the bombing of the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church here in Birmingham, Ala. It was a heinous act, but the impetus for many of the important reforms in the struggle for equality in our country. The story of the prosecutions which eventually lead to the convictions of the bombers is one of the most remarkable stories in American legal history.

There are several Cumberland School of Law graduates who are important players in this remarkable story. Doug Jones of the Cumberland Class of 1979 was the lead prosecutor in the cases which lead to the convictions of Tommy Blanton and Bobby Frank Cherry. The judge who presided over the trials was Jim Garrett of the Cumberland Class of 1971. Cumberland lawyers were also involved on the defense side including John Robbins of the Cumberland Class of 1987 and David Simpson of the Cumberland Class of 1996.

On September 18, at 1:30 p.m. in the Moot Court Room, Doug Jones will be telling the story of the church bombing prosecution. The event is part of the “Called to the Bar” program and will recognize and celebrate the 50th Anniversary of the Civil Rights movement.