By Wayne D'Orio
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44 AL SHARPTON Orthodox Judaism founded in eighteenth-century Eastern Europe. On the night of the incident, the motorcade of the grand rabbi of the Lubavitcher, a Hasidic Jewish sect, ran a red light as it sped through the Crown Heights section of Brooklyn. The motorcade had the permission of the police to run the light; in fact, it had a police escort at the time. When the car swerved to avoid another car, it hit two black children, sevenyear-old Gavin Cato and his cousin Angela. When the driver, Yusef Lifsh, got out of the car to check on the children’s condition and try to get them out from under the car, angry bystanders started to beat him.
Messinger was defeated soundly in the general election by incumbent Rudolph Giuliani, a Republican who won his second term asÂ€mayor. RACE FOR THE WHITE HOUSE With his political reputation growing, Sharpton’s next try for public office sought to bring him all the way to 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue. On January 5, 2003, he joined the crowded race for the 2004 Democratic nomination for the White House. Ten people eventually entered the presidential race for the right to oppose the incumbent, George W.
I’m going to rest, I’m not going to call any witnesses. ” Sharpton said he was nervous, but 37 38 AL SHARPTON he agreed, in part because he was exhausted from the trial and the other civil rights cases he had been involved in. The strategy shocked everyone. When the verdict came back, he was found not guilty for each of the 67 counts of stealing money. He then went upstate to face the tax-evasion charges. When the court there decided he could not be tried, he was home free. The court reasoned if Sharpton had not stolen the money as charged, then he could not have evaded taxes on it.
Al Sharpton: Civil Rights Leader (Black Americans of Achievement) by Wayne D'Orio