The longtime leader of the NAACP's Birmingham branch is suspended. Hezekiah Jackson was sidelined amid allegations stemming from the scandal that brought down former state Rep. Oliver Robinson (D-Birmingham). Robinson pleaded guilty to taking bribes from a Drummond coal executive and others as part of a scheme to drum-up public opposition to an EPA clean-up in north Birmingham. At the trial, Robinson testified that he paid Jackson $4,000 in cash to advise residents not to have their property tested for potentially deadly toxins. Jackson has denied any wrongdoing.
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