The Mississippi ACLU is, however, a fucking joke. In the space of 20 months, they have 1) had their charter revoked by the national organization (secretly); 2) reportedly replaced the director, a personal friend of notorious Jackson attorney/slumlord/businessman Isaac Byrd, because she embezzled tens of thousands of dollars from the organization; 3) removed the entire board of the Mississippi ACLU (including Isaac Byrd, whose license to practice was suspended because of tax fraud, information totally unrelated but fun nonetheless); 4) reinstated the board minus Isaac Byrd; and 5) hired a new director who doesn't owe Isaac Byrd anything.
Now, this is not something that most people know, because most Mississippians could give a flying fuck about the ACLU chapter in Jackson. But if I'm Mike Adelman, I don't want their help, and I don't need it. Their "good name" is tarnished, and the new director has a long way to go to repair their image. Just how bad was it? From February 2003, when Gail Chadwick was removed, they had no staff in Jackson until October 15, 2003, when Nsombi Lambright took over.
Hat tip to Signifying Nothing. And guys, thanks for the link re: the Oliver Diaz case.