Jimmie Lee Jackson, whose untimely death in 1965 in Marion, AL during a protest march over the arrest of Civil Rights and Voter Registration activist James Orange, still has not found justice. It was his death that led to the March on Selma which resulted in Bloody Sunday and the deaths of Unitarian Universalists Rev. James Reeb and Viola Liuzzo. And ultimately to the passage of the Voting Rights Act of 1965.
James Bonard Fowler, the state trooper who states he only shot Jimmie Lee in self-defense was indicted in 2007. Interestingly this incident and another death of an African American male a year later in Fowler’s custody never show up in his personell records. The trial which was supposed to begin on October 20, 2008 was postponed pending an appeal filed by the prosecution. It is unknown when the appeal will be settled.
It is hard to have a murder trial 40 years after the event. Memories are always distorted. Truth is tarnished with each passing day. The real question is after so many years can Justice finally have its day in court?