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Shooter of George Wallace Set Free after 35 Years

November 13, 2007 03:04 AM
by findingDulcinea Staff
On November 9, 2007, Arthur Bremer was released 17 years early for being a ‘model inmate'; he was originally sentenced to 53 years.

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On May 15, 1972, Arthur Bremer shot and paralyzed former Alabama Governor and Presidential candidate George Wallace at a campaign stop in Laurel, Maryland.

Although Bremer was released early for good behavior, while in prison he refused psychiatric treatment. Some, including Wallace’s son, are concerned that Bremer is mentally unstable. “While he has complied with the laws of Maryland,” says Wallace, “is he as stable as you would want?”

The former Governor of Alabama, Wallace was notorious for his hard-line segregationist views. He reluctantly allowed the entry of two African-American students into the University of Alabama at Tuscaloosa, which was the last all-white state university at the time.

In his 1963 inaugural gubernatorial speech, Wallace proclaimed, “Segregation now, segregation tomorrow, segregation forever,” a phrase that would later haunt Wallace in his public life.

George Wallace died on Sept. 13, 1998.

Headlines: Arthur Bremer released, concerns over his release

Background: The day Wallace was shot, George Wallace’s obituary

History: Wallace supported segregation, Bremer’s journals

Related Links: Birmingham Press-Register

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