Sign of the Cross: The Prosecutor's True Story of a Landmark by John W. Phillips

By John W. Phillips

This can be the genuine tale of the winning prosecution of major individuals of the Ku Klux Klan within the wake of a harrowing cross-burning in l. a.. The ebook bears witness to the spiritual conviction that sustained the writer during the courtroom conflict.

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Few of them could see any portion of the backyard where earlier movement had been reported by the air support. The chopper continued to circle overhead. Most of the Klansmen remained inside the small, wooden house. Rumor spread among the officers that one of the suspects was a recent congressional candidate. Robinson watched what he could from the east boundary where the skirmish line was formed. Suddenly, a bright light shone at them from a distance and bounced with the stride of the person holding it.

One robe is black. Some are in white robes. " "Looks like just a ground fire in maybe some type of cooking apparatus. Could be a barbecue. Hard to tell from here. Pretty smoky. " Robinson said. "No, sir. " There was a short pause before Sanchez's next words. "We've got a suspect standing up by what appears to be a podium, looking like he's making a speech. He's waving his arms around. Same guy who was driving the pickup with the crosses. html [10/24/2007 11:01:14 AM] Document Page 24 checked shirt, looks like blue ski pants and a blue vest.

A few other arrestees were also from the San Diego area. Three were from Idaho. Others were from areas scattered throughout California. Only two of the arrestees were locals. Three crosses, up to twenty feet in height, burned in a predominantly black residential area. Two rifles and heavy blunt striking instruments were recovered from the grounds and residence of the cross-burning site. I went about my business, but my imagination kept returning to an eerie vision of a robed and hooded Klan. It was haunting and evil.

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