Flowers, Disgraced Civil Rights Attorney, Dies

Richmond Flowers, a former attorney general in Alabama who gained national attention by prosecuting civil rights cases, has died. Flowers' legal career ended in disgrace after he was convicted of extortion.

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DEBBIE ELLIOTT, host:

And we want to note one more death this past week: Richmond Flowers, a former attorney general of Alabama.

Flowers came to national attention when he challenged the segregationist policies of then Governor George Wallace. At a time when it was politically unpopular, Flowers prosecuted Ku Klux Klansmen for crimes against civil rights workers.

Sooner than other Southern politicians, Mr. Flowers realized that the 1965 Voting Rights Act would political landscape of the region. He made an unsuccessful run for governor against Wallace's wife, Lurleen. Later his career as attorney general ended in disgrace when he was convicted in an extortion scream.

Flowers served two years in prison but always claimed that the charges were politically motivated. President Carter pardoned him in 1978.

Richmond Flowers died of Parkinson's disease at his home in Dothan, Alabama. He was 88.

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