Jerry P. Shinley Archive:Subject: Jim Garrison vs. the ACLU
Jim Garrison vs. the ACLU
Date: 2/5/99 7:51 AM Eastern Standard Time
New Orleans Times-Picayune August 27, 1966 S2-P7
DA Statements Harmful -- ACLU
People's Right to Safety His Concern -- Garrison
[Garrison's statement, ellipses as in original article:]
"I am honored to be criticized by the American Civil Liberties Union with regard to my comments on the recent federal court decision in the Labat and Poret case. This organization might have had some value a few years back, but it has drifted so far to the left that it is now almost out of sight.
"The American Civil Liberties Union ... is the same outfit which attempted to prevent legislation making it unlawful for persons to aid the Viet Cong and making it unlawful for them to interfere with movements of our troops or sending supplies to our troops...
"I happen to be concerned about the right of law-abiding citizens to live in safety without being victimized by vicious criminals. It is obvious that the American Civil Liberties Union does not share my concerns in this regard ...
"It is an interesting coincidence that this shrill group of intellectual beatniks, which believes that no one should be prevented from aiding the Viet Cong, believes with equal fervor that district attorneys should be prevented from criticizing the irresponsible release of criminals. Naturally, I regard the derogatory comments of this left-wing organization as a compliment of the highest order."
[Labat and Poret were two black men sentenced to death for rape in 1953. In 1966, the U. S. Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals found that they had been denied a fair trial since blacks were systematically excluded from juries in New Orleans in the fifties.]
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