National Headline News

News > Latest News > National Headline News > Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

Longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer dies at 86

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — A longtime Tennessee civil rights lawyer known for his involvement in a case that ultimately desegregated the state's public colleges and universities has died. Fellow law partners confirmed that George Barrett died Tuesday at a hospital. He was 86. In a career that spanned more than 50 years, Barrett not only handled numerous civil rights cases, he also represented corporate whistleblowers and tackled securities fraud. He is perhaps best known as the attorney for a young Tennessee State University instructor named Rita Geier, who filed a lawsuit in 1968 accusing the state of operating a dual system of higher education for minorities. The case dragged on for 38 years. Douglas Johnston Jr. was a founding partner alongside Barrett at the firm Barrett Johnston Martin & Garrison. Johnston said his colleague was a giant of the civil rights movement.

National Headline News

NEW YORK (AP) — Osama bin Laden's son-in-law was due in court to face a possible life sentence for his role as the...
WEST MILFORD, N.J. (AP) — A black bear believed to have attacked and killed a hiker over the weekend likely was...
ANCHORAGE, Alaska (AP) — A television reporter quit her job on live TV with a big four-letter flourish after...
MIDDLETOWN, Conn. (AP) — Wesleyan University in Connecticut on Monday ordered its fraternities with houses on...
SALT LAKE CITY (AP) — A young mountain lion was let go back into the wild Monday a day after roaming into a Salt...