Birmingham NAACP Leader Suspended

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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