Bill Baxley
Alabama politician
Bill Baxley
William Joseph Baxley, II, is an American Democratic politician and attorney originally from Dothan, Alabama. In 1964, Baxley graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa. He served two terms from 1971 to 1979 as Attorney General of Alabama. At the age of twenty-seven, he was the youngest person in U.S. history to hold a state attorney generalship. From 1983 tro 1987, he served a single term as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama.
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13 Emotional Letters That Prove The Written Word Has A Power Like No Other
Huffington Post - about 3 years
In our current tech-savvy world where communication is sometimes too easy, there's something special about the rare occasions when people take the time, effort and care to write a letter to someone. The gesture speaks volumes, beyond even the original intent of the letter, and whether handwritten or typed, it carries a certain emotional impact. The following letters exhibit just how incredible and inspiring the written word can be. 1. When her son came out on Facebook, this mom made sure that he knew lshe oved and supported him ... in the most "mom" way possible. Zach, I was surprised by your Facebook post where you came out. I want you to know that I love you unconditionally. I love you with my actions, not just my words. I'm so proud of you. You are the bravest person I know. I'll fight for you always. Your sexual orientation does not define you. You are still the boy who forever won my heart. The only thing that concerns me is the number of empty soda cups and tea bottles in ...
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Keith Thomson: Famed Alabama Civil Rights Attorney Releases KKK Hate Mail
Huffington Post - almost 4 years
During his 1976 prosecution of Klansman Robert Chambliss in the Alabama church bombing case, the mail for (then) Alabama Attorney General Bill Baxley included little in the way of praise. The norm was racist rants, personal insults and death threats. Unfazed, Baxley placed them in a file he labeled "Kooks and Nuts" and has now released to me. He'd shared just one of the letters in the past -- and it went viral: in February 1976 Edward Fields, Grand Dragon of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan, sent a vitriol-laced note that accused Baxley of reopening the 1963 case solely to further his political career. The message was unique only in that it sought a response. On official state letterhead, Baxley dutifully obliged, as follows: In fact, Baxley launched his probe into Birmingham's 16th Street Baptist Church bombing, which killed four girls, after discovering -- to his dismay -- that FBI investigators had never acted on their belief that "Dynamite Bob" Chambliss a ...
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Former Attorney General Of Alabama To KKK: 'Kiss My A**'
Huffington Post - about 4 years
A succinct letter from a former Attorney General of Alabama to the Ku Klux Klan has gone viral on the Internet this week, impressing readers with its "brevity, forcefulness, and clarity." Letters of Note, the website that posted this gem on Monday, explains: In 1970, shortly after being elected Attorney General of Alabama, 29-year-old Bill Baxley reopened the 16th Street Church bombing case -— a racially motivated act of terrorism that resulted in the deaths of four African-American girls in 1963 and a fruitless investigation, and which marked a turning point in the Civil Rights Movement. Baxley's unwavering commitment to the case attracted much hostility, particularly from local Klansmen, and in 1976 he received a threatening letter of protest from white supremacist Edward R. Fields -— founder of the "National States' Rights Party" and "Grand Dragon" of the New Order Knights of the Ku Klux Klan —- in which he was accused of reopening the case for tactical reasons. ...
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Judge delays retrial in Ala. gambling retrial - BusinessWeek
Google News - over 5 years
9 Bill Baxley, defense attorney for VictoryLand casino lobbyist Tom Coker and a University of Alabama graduate, pointed out that date coincides with the national football championship game in New Orleans, and some of the people in the trial and some of
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Notes from Cape Fear region golf courses - Fayetteville Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Wayne Beasley, Keith Jackson, Richard Cook and Bill Baxley won the Saturday group. Heath Lupo, Shawn Beasley, Thomas Muller and Dawg Pitman won the Jeff Horten Charity tournament. Marv Houghton, Paul Zeisman, Larry Powers and Ron Rabin won the Saturday
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Letter: The people are silent - Dothan Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
On another issue, former Attorney General Bill Baxley was on a local television station a few Sunday nights ago. When asked if he thought the bingo at Country Crossing or Center Stage was legal, Mr. Baxley stated that Houston County had the most
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Illegal versus legal in immigration lawsuit - Times Daily
Google News - over 5 years
Thoughts of Graddick running for another statewide office always bring back memories of his 1986 Democratic Party primary race for governor against Bill Baxley. The race was one that political historians say changed the face of state politics and
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Notes from Cape Fear region golf courses - Fayetteville Observer
Google News - over 5 years
Les Sandy, Bill Baxley, Bill Chavis and Bill Wright won the Saturday group. ... Don Freykholm, Bill Wright and Al Smith won the Sunday group. Syd Wolinsky and Steve Carter won the member-guest tournament. The flight winners were Tom Hammonds-Mason
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State Rep. Dennis Baxley riding wave of success - Ocala
Google News - over 5 years
SB 926, a Senate measure, mirrored a bill Baxley introduced that shielded employers from liability under certain circumstances for the actions of workers with developmental disabilities. Baxley, like many state lawmakers and the governor himself,
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The beginning of the end for the bingo trial - Examiner.com
Google News - over 5 years
Attorney Bill Baxley reminded the jurors of a question they were asked during the jury selection process. "Did each one of you believe that it was possible for an innocent person to be indicted of something they didn't do? Each one of you said yes
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WAFF.com: North Alabama News, Radar, Weather, Sports and Jobs-Defense: No tape ... - WAFF
Google News - over 5 years
Defense attorney Bill Baxley said, "Thank God for the tapes." Baxley appeared before the jury Wednesday after prosecutors portrayed Coker as a key figure in helping his boss, VictoryLand casino owner Milton McGregor, swap campaign contributions for
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Defense grills witness in Ala. gambling trial - BusinessWeek
Google News - over 5 years
Former state Attorney General Bill Baxley, defense lawyer for lobbyist Tom Coker, said the defense was trying to show that Gilley wasn't being truthful during his guilty plea in April when he called himself a politically naive person who got caught up
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Bingo corruption trial: Gilley, Baxley square off - Dothan Eagle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
3:04 pm – Ronnie Gilley went toe-to-toe with Tom Coker attorney Bill Baxley Wednesday afternoon, squaring off with the long-time attorney after Baxley suggested Gilley was willing to lie to stay out of jail. Baxley pointed out that Gilley admitted to ... -
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Ronnie Gilley expected to resume testimony - Dothan Eagle
Google News - over 5 years
During a series of questions from Coker attorney Bill Baxley, Gilley indicated that McGregor had backed out on a promise to pay for some of the Country Crossing construction costs, forcing Gilley to scramble for money. Gilley said on one occasion that
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On tape: Barron wants to trick Preuitt into supporting bingo bill - Dothan Eagle (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
During one recorded conversation played by Coker attorney Bill Baxley between McGregor and then-House speaker Lowell Barron, Barron suggests concocting a scheme to convince Sen. Jim Preuitt that Barron is opposing bingo legislation to entice Preuitt to ... -
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Bingo corruption trial: Gilley discusses Houston County bingo amendment - Alabama's13.com (blog)
Google News - over 5 years
5:13 pm – Bill Baxley, attorney for lobbyist Tom Coker, argued Thursday afternoon that Ronnie Gilley was more desperate to see electronic bingo legislation passed because he was operating illegally in Houston County because the county's amendment was
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Bill Baxley
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2003
    Age 61
    Baxley has five children: Louis, Robert, Richard, Evelyn, and Johnson. He is currently married to Marie (Prat) Baxley. His former wife, Lucy Baxley, was the Lieutenant Governor from 2003 to 2007.
    More Details Hide Details Baxley was a strong supporter of his ex-wife's campaign, giving political advice to her and contributed and raised over $250,000. Since 1962, Baxley has served in the Alabama Army National Guard, beginning as an enlisted clerk and rising through the ranks to retire as a colonel on May 29, 2001 (though he turned down the position of General), JAG Corps. In 1979, Baxley founded the firm known today as Baxley, Dillard, McKnight & James in Birmingham, where he is presently an attorney. He primarily represents large business corporations, yet continues to represent individuals of modest means. Those efforts have earned him the distinction of being selected as a fellow in the International Academy of Trial Lawyers. Baxley appeared in the Spike Lee documentary Four Little Girls.
  • FORTIES
  • 1986
    Age 44
    Guy Hunt and questions of Democratic party loyalty both reappeared in another Baxley campaign eight years later. In 1986, the Democratic primary for the gubernatorial race saw then Attorney General Charles Graddick of Mobile in a runoff with Baxley, then the lieutenant governor.
    More Details Hide Details Graddick won by a few thousand votes, but Baxley appealed to the Alabama Supreme Court, which ruled Graddick had violated primary regulations by encouraging Republicans to “cross over” and vote as Democrats. The court told the Democratic Party to hold another election or to select Baxley as the nominee. The party hence confirmed Baxley as its candidate. Accustomed to a one-party state in which the open primary for the Democratic nomination was considered tantamount to election, many Alabama voters took out their frustrations by voting against Baxley and for Guy Hunt, the GOP nominee. Hunt won the election by a large margin, giving Alabama its first Republican governor since Reconstruction.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1978
    Age 36
    In 1978, Baxley, then the sitting Attorney General, ran to succeed the term-limited George Wallace as governor of Alabama.
    More Details Hide Details Baxley lost the Democratic primary to political newcomer Fob James, who went on to defeat Republican nominee Guy Hunt of Cullman. Baxley's campaign leaned heavily on the fact that James been a Republican and returned to the Democratic Party to make his gubernatorial race. Baxley was endorsed by University of Alabama football coach Bear Bryant, who did not want to see James, a graduate of archrival Auburn University, in the governor's mansion.
  • 1977
    Age 35
    As attorney general, Baxley was made famous for his most prestigious case against the Ku Klux Klan, his 1977 prosecution of Robert Chambliss for the 16th Street Baptist Church bombing in September 1963.
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  • 1976
    Age 34
    In a letter, the Klan threatened him, compared him to John F. Kennedy, and made him an "honorary nigger," but Baxley responded, on official state letterhead: "My response to your letter of February 19, 1976, is—kiss my ass."
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  • TWENTIES
  • 1970
    Age 28
    At the age of twenty-eight, he won the Democratic nomination for Attorney General in 1970, in an upset over incumbent McDonald Gallion.
    More Details Hide Details Baxley, quite incorrectly, was perceived as the candidate closer politically to George Wallace, an impression he did not dispute throughout the election contest. At the time of his swearing-in, he was the youngest person in U.S. history to hold a state attorney generalship. At the end of his Attorney Generalship he lost the 1978 Democratic primary for Governor in an upset himself. He was widely expected to seek the post again in 1982. However, when former Governor George C. Wallace entered the contest, Baxley made it clear he would not run against him and instead sought the office of Lieutenant Governor, to which he was elected. From 1983 to 1987, he served a single term as the 24th Lieutenant Governor of Alabama before running another unsuccessful campaign for Governor in 1986. During his time in public office, Baxley aggressively prosecuted industrial polluters, strip miners, and corrupt elected officials. He appointed the state's first African American assistant attorney general, Myron Thompson, who later became a U.S. District Judge.
    Having previously served as District Attorney in Houston County, he was elected to the first of two consecutive terms as Attorney General of Alabama in 1970, and 1974 respectively, holding the post from 1971 to 1979.
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  • 1964
    Age 22
    In 1964, Baxley graduated from the University of Alabama School of Law in Tuscaloosa.
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  • 1963
    Age 21
    "We know who did it," Alabama Attorney General Baxley said Wednesday as he confirmed that he has reopened the investigation of a church bombing that killed four young black girls in Birmingham in 1963.
    More Details Hide Details Baxley said in an interview with Birmingham radio station that the list of suspects had been narrowed down, but he declined to predict if or when arrests would be made. He said premature published reports about the investigation might have hurt. "There are some people in Jefferson County who ought to be pretty nervous right now," Baxley said in an earlier telephone interview. The Sunday, Sept. 15, 1963, dynamite blast at the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church occurred during the time of racial demonstrations led by the late Martin Luther King. Twenty-three other people in the church were hurt and debris was scattered for blocks. Baxley later confirmed that he had talked to FBI agent Gary Rowe, and he was cooperative, "But we were working on this thing long before that. We had a lot of stuff already. Rowe was just another person we interviewed." He said Rowe didn't give him a list of names as such, "but nine is too many."
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1941
    Born
    Born on June 27, 1941.
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