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Why So Much Attention for 1915 Leo Frank Case?

Because it resembles politics today, says ‘LAT’ op-ed

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Leo Frank, the Jewish factory boss lynched by a mob near Atlanta after being falsely convicted of a female child laborer’s murder in 1915, is the subject of a new PBS documentary and a musical revival; he also spent the morning as the lead story on CNN.com. Why all this current focus on a nearly century-old story of anti-Semitic bigotry? Steve Oney, the author of a book about the case and a consultant on the PBS film, explained last week in the Los Angeles Times. First, Oney says, the Frank case was a lurid mystery story full of twists like a white Southern jury using the testimony of a black factory worker to convict a Jew, and a damning portrait of a legal system that itself perpetrated racist vigilantism (the lynch mob that killed Frank while he was in state prison, Oney writes, was actually organized by a Superior Court judge). But it’s particularly relevant to our historical moment, he says, because “the conflict at its core foreshadows today’s red-state/blue-state hostilities.” Oney argues that Adolph Ochs, the owner and publisher of the New York Times (and great-grandfather of the current publisher of the Times) stoked the flames of populist outrage by orchestrating a national campaign in Frank’s defense while he was appealing his original conviction. Frank, wronged in the first place, became a symbol of the reach of urban, Jewish media, Oney says, and a Glenn Beck of the day exploited it, giving “voice to a constituency that felt excluded from the halls of power in Washington and on Wall Street.”

The Leo Frank Case Isn’t Dead [LAT]

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vivian says:

The only thing that was wrong about the Frank case was the lynching. He was found guilty, and the evidence seems to support his guilt.
I know many people would like to find the black man guilty, but that’s because they are racists.

Leo Frank was with absolute mathematical certainty guilty, so why do so many Jews feel it necessary to perpetuate falsehoods about him being  innocent and framed. I sense covert Jewish racism against African-Americans as the source. Check out the definitive Leo Frank web site at Leo Frank Doht ORG

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Why So Much Attention for 1915 Leo Frank Case?

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