By Shannon Knutsen & Charles C. Johnson
The former U.S. Attorney who persecuted Richard Jewell is an advisor to U.S. Senate candidate, Michelle Nunn, Gotnews.com has learned.
Meet Kent Alexander, Nunn’s chief of campaign strategy and the former U.S. Attorney behind the Richard Jewell debacle after the Atlanta Olympic bombing in 1996.
Richard Jewell was an off duty cop working security who spotted a backpack bomb and saved countless lives at Centennial Olympic Park. Alexander’s US Attorney office leaked that Jewell was the lone suspect and the media put the poor guy through Hell only to be later declared by Alexander to not be a suspect.
Alexander took the unusual move and cleared Jewell “based on the evidence developed to date … Richard Jewell is not considered a target of the federal criminal investigation into the bombing on July 27, 1996, at Centennial Olympic Park in Atlanta”.
“The letter from the U.S. Attorney’s office apparently contained no apology,” noted CNN in October 26, 1996. It took ten years for law enforcement to finally find the real perpetrator of the bombings. Jewell even hugged Alexander but Alexander never apologized. Governor Sonny Perdue, who is the cousin of U.S. Senate candidate David Perdue, ultimately gave Jewell a commendation for his heroism.
Alexander and Nunn have worked together before. Alexander is also the co-founder of Hands on Atlanta, a left-wing charity led by Michelle Nunn.
Alexander fondly remember Nunn’s involvement with corporate backers of the controversial charity.
“Michelle was always our main asset, but having Sen. Nunn somewhere in the picture never hurt,” Alexander told The Atlanta Journal-Constitution on May 28, 2013.
Leonard DeCaprio and Jonah Hill are currently making a movie about the debacle now.
Leo DiCaprio & Jonah Hill are making a movie about Richard Jewell. His tale is a cautionary one for police & media http://t.co/gwWbDFtdD0
— Retro Report (@RetroReport) July 23, 2014