Judge In Ca. Prison Case An Ex-Rights Activist

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U.S. District Judge Thelton Henderson of San Francisco, who has threatened a judicial takeover of the California prison system, was the first black lawyer in the civil rights division of the U.S. Justice Department, says the San Francisco Chronicle. Henderson traveled the South in the 1960s investigating civil rights abuses and getting to know activists such as Martin Luther King Jr. Henderson lost his job when he lent his car to King. Peter Siggins, Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger's legal affairs secretary, told Henderson regarding the potential prison takeover: "To say we were surprised to receive your letter . . .

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