News 12 at 11 o'clock, August 2, 2007
A major development in the Charles Walker case. A high-profile attorney wants to take the case all the way to the Supreme Court.
Alan Dershowitz is nationally known for his legal work on the defense teams of some very famous people, from Claus von Bulow to O.J. Simpson. Now he's going to work for Charles Walker.
News 12 asked Mr. Dershowitz if he thinks Walker is in prison unfairly.
"Absolutely," he said. "There's no question in my mind that the conviction was unfair based on the way the jury was selected, and there are other unfairnesses as well. But the unfairness he experienced in jury selection will affect every American. Every person who is ever placed on trial will be influenced by whether this decision on jury selection is upheld."
During the trial in Augusta, prosecutors struck five African-Americans from the jury pool. Walker's attorneys struck ten white males.
Walker's attorneys say it was unfair that four of the white males they struck were allowed back on the panel by the judge.
Walker was convicted of conspiracy, federal mail fraud and filing false charitable tax returns. He was sentenced to ten years and one month in prison, which is more than the maximum recommended penalty.