Charles Pickering

Judge Charles Pickering

Born May 29, 1937, Charles Pickering is a retired federal judge who served on the United States Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit from 2001 to 2004. As a young, white prosecutor in the late 1960s he worked with the FBI to halt violence perpetrated by the Klu Klux Klan and testified against Klan leader Sam Bowers in the trial for the murder of civil rights activist Vernon Damer. Judge Pickering admits he was not a supporter of the Civil Rights Movement, but did what he could at the time to “restore civilization to the county.”

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"...my prosecution of klansmen was done in some way to restore civilization to the county."

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