Rep. Mitchell Confirms Sending Controversial Email

Rep. Mitchell Confirms Sending Controversial Email

Posted: Updated:

 MONTGOMERY, Ala. (AP) - The Alabama House leader says a black lawmaker will not face punishment for referring in an email to a white constituent's ancestors as incestuous slave owners.

Republican House Speaker Mike Hubbard said Thursday that neither he nor most other legislators share the views that Democratic Rep. Joseph Mitchell of Mobile expressed in the email to a Jefferson County man. But Hubbard said Mitchell has free speech rights.

Mitchell, who is black, sent an email to the man referring to the man's "slave-holding, murdering, adulterous, baby-raping, incestuous ... kin folk." The man had emailed Mitchell and other lawmakers asking them not to pass gun control laws.

House Democratic leader Craig Ford says Mitchell doesn't speak for anyone other than himself.

 Mitchell has missed much of this year's legislative session, but he confirmed he sent the email.

(Copyright 2013 The Associated Press. All rights reserved. This material may not be published, broadcast, rewritten or redistributed.)

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Kraft Recalls Thousands of Cases of American Singles Cheese

    Kraft Recalls Thousands of Cases of American Singles Cheese

    Monday, September 1 2014 11:48 AM EDT2014-09-01 15:48:52 GMT
    Kraft Foods Group has voluntarily recalled nearly 8,000 cases of some of its popular American Singles cheese product amid spoilage concerns, according to the Food and Drug Administration....
    Kraft Foods Group has voluntarily recalled nearly 8,000 cases of some of its popular American Singles cheese product amid spoilage concerns, according to the Food and Drug Administration....
  • Fifteen People Arrested In Prostitution Sting

    Fifteen People Arrested In Prostitution Sting

    Thursday, August 28 2014 5:36 PM EDT2014-08-28 21:36:02 GMT
    The Escambia Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an undercover sting operation
    The Escambia Sheriff's Office Special Investigations Unit conducted an undercover sting operation
  • VIDEO: Stabbing in French Quarter

    VIDEO: Stabbing in French Quarter

    Monday, September 1 2014 2:26 PM EDT2014-09-01 18:26:40 GMT
    Police are asking for the public's help to identify two women wanted for stabbing a man in the French Quarter after stealing his wallet.
    Police are asking for the public's help to identify two women wanted for stabbing a man in the French Quarter after stealing his wallet.
Powered by WorldNow

555 Broadcast Dr,
Mobile AL 36606

Telephone: 251.479.5555
Fax: 251.473.8130
Email: news5@wkrg.com

Can't find something?
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 Media General Communications Holdings, LLC. A Media General Company.