Dateline Alabama August, 4 1972:
“I suppose I have a world of words to say….I think what I have to say would run longer than the transcript of this trial. So I won’t say anything at this time.”
Those were the words of Arthur Bremer, the young man from Milwaukee, Wisconsin, in the moments before his sentencing in August of 1972 for the shooting of Alabama’s Governor and U.S. Presidential hopeful, George C. Wallace, and three others at a political rally in Maryland. The jury had deliberated for less than two hours earlier in the day and found that Bremer had been “in his right mind” when he fired the shots that left the Governor paralyzed and wheel-chair bound for the remainder of his life, and was, therefore, guilty of the crime. The Judge, Ralph W. Powers, levied a prison sentence of sixty-three years.
To read the original New York Times article of Mr. Bremer’s sentencing go to http://www.nytimes.com/1972/08/05/archives/bremer-guilty-in-shooting-of-wallace-gets-63-years-bremer-found.html. Another interesting article worth reading on the subject is the David Montgomery’s 2015 Washington Post Magazine article entitled, Mr. Bremer shot Gov. George Wallace to be famous. A Search for who he is today.