This is disappointing. Frank Matthews (yes, that Frank Matthews) is organizing a prayer vigil for Larry Langford on Sunday that will include representatives from the NAACP and the SCLC. Come on, guys, do you really believe Larry is an innocent victim of racial persecution?
Well, I’m sure Frank does, or at least he figures it’s a good way to gin up sympathy for the mayor and get his own name in the news. I realize there is plenty of history to bolster concern, but Larry Langford shouldn’t be the poster child for anyone’s campaign to prove malicious prosecution.*
Matthews says he also wants a group to caravan to Tuscaloosa on Monday for the opening of Langford’s corruption trial to “pray on that ground for justice”, but his definition of justice may be just a little skewed:
“We are encouraging all pastors and people of prayer who support Mayor Langford [emphasis added] to come and join us in the prayer vigil and to go with us Monday to Tuscaloosa.”
Yes, and I’m quite sure they will be praying for a fair trial with a just outcome, regardless of whether it’s conviction or acquittal.
Speaking of the news, or the News, when the article was first posted, Matthews was identified as a “community activist”. After an intrepid blogger pointed out that he’s also an employee of the mayor’s office, the article was corrected.