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Alabama AG trying to block release of Wallace shooter from Maryland prison

[JURIST] The Alabama Attorney General's office [official report] said Friday that Attorney General Troy King would try to prevent the early release [JURIST report] from a Maryland state prison of Arthur Bremer [PBS profile], the man who shot ex-Alabama Governor George Wallace [ADAH profile] in 1972 during his independent presidential campaign, leaving him paralyzed for life. Bremer has served 35 years of a 53-year sentence and under Maryland state law is entitled to early release no later than mid-December because he has earned sufficient credits for good behavior. Maryland officials say an Alabama effort to halt the release is unlikely to succeed in the face of Maryland rules.

Bremer has never expressed any remorse for the shooting, calling Wallace a "segregationist dinosaur." In his diary, Bremer wrote that his primary motivation for the shooting was not opposition to Wallace's pro-segregation politics, but a desire to become notorious. AP has more.

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