Southern Poverty Law Center Acts: Victory: KY Klan Trial; etc..

Southern Poverty Law Center Acts: Victory: KY Klan Trial; etc..
Victory in Kentucky Klan Trial
Nov. 14, 2008
Dear James,
We won a great victory today in our lawsuit against the Imperial
Klans of America (IKA) and its leader, Ron Edwards.
The jury awarded a $2.5 million verdict to our client, Jordan Gruver,
who was brutally beaten by IKA members while attending a county fair
in Brandenburg, Ky.
The people of Meade County, Kentucky, have spoken loudly and clearly.
And what they’ve said is that ethnic violence has no place in our
society, that those who promote hate and violence will be held
accountable and made to pay a steep price.
Jordan is understandably gratified by the verdict. And he’s relieved
that the ordeal of the trial is over, though he will never fully
recover from his nightmare.
We know the IKA does not have the assets to pay the full verdict. But
we look forward to collecting every dime that we can for Jordan and
to putting this violent organization out of business.
Details about the case and verdict are available on our website.
http://www.splcenter.org/news/item.jsp?
aid=345&splcnewsletter=dnewsgen-111408
We’ve received numerous messages of support over the past few days.
We greatly appreciate your commitment to tolerance and justice.
Sincerely,
Morris Dees
Founder
You can donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center online.
We welcome your feedback. Contact us online.
 
Klan trial update, day 2
Nov. 13, 2008
Dear James,
We heard remarkable testimony at trial today in our case against Ron
Edwards, the leader of the Imperial Klans of America (IKA) and his
top lieutenant, Jarred Hensley.
A former Klansman stunned the courtroom when he told the jury that
Edwards ordered him to kill SPLC founder and chief trial counsel
Morris Dees in the late 1990s.
Fortunately, an undercover FBI investigation foiled the plot. The
would-be assassin served three years in prison, but Edwards was never
charged — and the extent of his involvement had not been disclosed
until today.
We also heard testimony today from two Klansmen who were present the
night our client, Jordan Gruver, was brutally beaten by IKA members
recruiting at a county fair in Brandenburg, Ky. They testified that
Edwards is motivated by greed and obsessed with recruiting new
members so that he can fill his coffers with donations and membership
dues.
You can read full coverage of today’s testimony on our blog.
We have long believed that litigation is but one tool we can use to
fight injustice and intolerance. We also believe that by reaching
children before their minds are filled with bias, we can prevent some
of the hatred that resulted in the case we’re trying today. We’re
pleased to report that today an estimated four million students in
thousands of schools participated in our annual Mix It Up At Lunch
Day and crossed social and racial boundaries by sitting down with
someone new at lunch.
Morris and I would like to thank you for your support. We’ll continue
updating you over the next couple of days as we wrap up the trial.
Sincerely,
Richard Cohen
CEO and President
https://secure.splcenter.org/donate/online/online.jsp?
ondntsrc=MBC081170TTH&splcnewsletter=dnewsgen-111308
You can donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center online.
 
Klan trial update, day 1
Nov. 12, 2008
Dear James,
Morris Dees and I are here in Brandenburg, Kentucky, where we just
finished the first day of trial in our lawsuit against Ron Edwards,
leader of the Imperial Klans of America, and one of his key
lieutenants. Our client, Jordan Gruver, was severely beaten, knocked
to the ground, and kicked by two Klansmen wearing steel-toed boots.
This morning, we selected a jury and called as witnesses one police
officer who saw Jordan being kicked by two Klansmen, and another who
interviewed Jordan after the attack and described him as a physical
and emotional wreck. Jordan’s jaw was wired shut, and he was afraid
for his life.
We also put Imperial Wizard Edwards on the stand and presented
evidence about the annual white-power rally he hosts, where Klansmen,
racist skinheads and neo-Nazis are encouraged to commit violence
against minorities. Edwards will be back on the stand tomorrow.
You can read more coverage of the trial on our blog.
http://www.splcenter.org/blog/2008/11/12/steel-toed-boots-help-splc
make-case-against-klan-group/?splcnewsletter=dnewsgen-111308
I’ll update you again after tomorrow’s testimony.
Thanks for standing with us in our fight against hate and injustice.
Sincerely,
Richard Cohen
CEO and President
You can donate to the Southern Poverty Law Center online.
We welcome your feedback.
Contact us online.
Or by mail:
Southern Poverty Law Center
400 Washington Ave.
Montgomery, AL 36104
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