Larry Darby (born 1957) is a practicing attorney in Montgomery, Alabama. He was runner-up candidate for Alabama Attorney-General in the 2006 Democratic Party Primary. Darby's campaign ran into controversy and gained momentum when he questioned the veracity and scale of the Holocaust.
Background and education
Larry Darby was born in 1957 in Conecuh County, Alabama. Darby's ancestors have been in Alabama since the early 19th century. He earned his BS degree at the University of Alabama, his MBA degree at Auburn University and Doctor of Jurisprudence degree at Faulkner University's Thomas Goode Jones School of Law.
Larry Darby, in his first run for public office, was the runner-up candidate for Alabama Attorney-General in the 2006 Democratic Primary. Darby garnered 43% of the vote, carrying 33 of 67 Alabama counties.
The Darby campaign attracted attention when he questioned the number of Jews who died during the Third Reich, placing the number around 140,000 suggesting that many of those succumbed to typhus. The Associated Press quoted him as saying, "I am what the propagandists call a Holocaust denier, but I do not deny mass deaths that included some Jews," and "there was no systematic extermination of Jews. There's no evidence of that at all." Darby attributed the claims of millions of deaths in the Holocaust to the "Holocaust Industry." He also spoke positively of David Irving and attended a meeting of the group National Vanguard. Darby also expressed anti-immigration views, declaring that the United States was undergoing a "Mexican invasion" and compared the current immigration to the 1960s civil rights movement, seeing them both as events which have hurt the South.
During the Alabama Ten Commandments dispute Darby promoted the constitutional principle of separation between religion and government. Darby also supported Judge Moore's early argument that the federal government had no jurisdiction over this matter. He opposed the placement of a monument to Jewish law in a government building and saw it as an attempt to send the message that "Jewish Supremacism is the law" despite some Jewish organizations coming out against the placement of the commandments.
Darby is a former atheist and the founder of the Atheist Law Center  as well as being the former state director of American Atheists. Larry Darby is also an advocate for the decriminalization of marijuana.
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