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WestLaw featured Haub Law Professor Randolph McLaughlin in "KKK Act suit against Trump evokes violent past, troubled present"

02/25/2021

WestLaw featured Haub Law Professor Randolph McLaughlin in "KKK Act suit against Trump evokes violent past, troubled present"

It's a disturbing sign of the times that the Ku Klux Klan Act of 1871, which was enacted amid widespread post-Civil War racial violence, is increasingly en vogue. The law was used to sue the group responsible for the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville, Virginia in 2017. According to a Feb. 17 NBC News article, the law had been mostly dormant for nearly a century, until attorney Randolph McLaughlin used it in a federal lawsuit brought against the Justice Knights of the Ku Klux Klan by five Black women in 1980. The women had been seriously injured in April that year by Klansmen who randomly fired shotguns at them in their Chattanooga, Tennessee neighborhood.

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