Human Rights Banquet to feature Mississippi attorney general
Mississippi Attorney General Jim Hood will be the keynote speaker at the ninth annual Human Rights Banquet Monday, March 20. He will be welcomed to Idaho and introduced at the banquet by Idaho Attorney General Lawrence Wasden.
Hood, along with Neshoba County Prosecutor Mark Duncan, helped lead a Philadelphia, Miss., jury to convict Ku Klux Klansman Edgar Ray Killen in June 2005 for plotting the 1964 murders of civil rights workers James Chaney, Andrew Goodman and Michael Schwerner.
Hood earned a juris doctorate from the University of Mississippi in 1988. He was elected district attorney for the third circuit district court and served five years as the assistant attorney general of Mississippi before being elected attorney general in 2003.
During his legal career, Hood established a record in support of victims’ rights, earning his office the 2003 Justice Achievement Award from the Crime Victim’s Compensation Program. He has produced crime prevention manuals and videos for schools, treatment for drug offenders and a pretrial diversion program for young, first-time offenders.
Highlights of the Human Rights Banquet will include recognition of Idaho and Mississippi jury victories over hate crimes in Idaho in 2000 and Mississippi in 2005. In addition, the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations will celebrate its 25th anniversary with a 25-foot cake. Civil Rights Awards will be presented as well as Human Rights Education Institute Diversity scholarships to North Idaho College students.
Tickets to the banquet are $25 and are available by mailing a check to the Human Rights Education Institute at P.O. Box 2725, Coeur d’Alene, ID, 83816-2725 by Thursday, March 16.
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NIC Popcorn Forum Coordinator and founding member of the Kootenai County Task Force on Human Relations Tony Stewart, (208) 769-3325Posted: Tuesday, March 7, 2006