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William J. Clinton: Statement on the Verdict in the James Byrd, Jr., Murder Trial
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William J. Clinton
Statement on the Verdict in the James Byrd, Jr., Murder Trial
February 23, 1999
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William J. Clinton<br>1999: Book I
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1999: Book I
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When James Byrd, Jr., was murdered, it was my hope that people would join together across racial lines to demonstrate that an act of evil like this is not what our country is all about. That hope was fulfilled over the past 8 months, as citizens across the country expressed their outrage and grief over this tragedy and their determination to ensure that justice be done.

I hope that the verdict rendered today by 12 citizens in Jasper, Texas, will bring some sense of closure to the family and friends of Mr. Byrd. The First Lady and I offer our prayers for them and our hope that their memories of Mr. Byrd's life will sustain them in the difficult time ahead. The jury has spoken. Our work for racial reconciliation and an end to all crimes of hatred in this country will go on.



Citation: William J. Clinton: "Statement on the Verdict in the James Byrd, Jr., Murder Trial," February 23, 1999. Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project. http://www.presidency.ucsb.edu/ws/?pid=57149.
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