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Alfred Wright Lynching: Texas Attorney General declines case

In a stunning development of the Alfred Wright murder/lynching investigation, the Texas Attorney General’s office under Gregg Abbott has declined to take up the investigation. This could be for a variety of reasons; one of them being the cost of the investigation. The U.S. Department of Justice has opened an investigation into Wright’s death and perhaps it’s more cost effective for the Federal government to pursue justice rather than the state of Texas. However, Wright was a Texas resident, paid his taxes and is entitled to all the protection and due diligence of the state to solve his murder.

Another reason could be politics. Greg Abbott is running for Governor of Texas. People say you are known by the company you keep and Abbott is keeping company with Ted Nugent. Nugent made headlines last week for calling President Obama “a communist-nurtured subhuman mongrel.” Nugent also called Hillary Clinton  “a worthless b—-.” Is it any wonder that Abbott is reluctant to take up the call for justice and an investigation into Alfred Wright’s murder/lynching? The office of the Attorney General has not released a statement regarding their decision.

According to Wright’s family members no law enforcement official has interviewed any of them, nor the people who found Wright’s body.  Neither have they dusted for prints from Wright’s truck.  Despite repeated requests by the family, no photos from the first autopsy have been given to the family’s independent forensic expert who performed the second autopsy that indicated possible homicide.  This is 2014, not 1954, but it seems things still stay the same in the deep south when it comes to lynching a black man.

The Texas Attorney General’s office could not be reached for comment.

Mo Barnes

"Mo Betta" Maurice "Mo" Barnes is a graduate of Morehouse College and Political Scientist based in Atlanta. Mo is also a Blues musician.