Wednesday, August 11, 2010
Fr. James Edwin Coyle was murdered on August 11, 1921, by a part-time minister and Ku Klux Klan member, after Fr. Coyle presided at the marriage of the minister's daughter to a Roman Catholic or Puerto Rican descent. The killer's defense lawyer -- (future Justice) Hugo Black -- pandered to the jury's anti-Catholicism and racism (and Klan ties) in order to secure an acquittal. Yuck.