Danny Carr

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Danny Carr (born 1970) is the District Attorney of Jefferson County, Alabama, serving since November 27, 2018. Carr previously served as the county's interim district attorney in 2017. He is the first African-American District Attorney in the Birmingham division of the Jefferson County, Alabama District Attorney’s office.

Life and career[edit]

Carr was born in the Ensley neighborhood of Birmingham, Alabama. He was raised by a single mother, Regina Carr-Hope, who worked as a probation officer and later the Principal of Wenonah High School.[1] Carr graduated from Jackson-Olin High School, then attended Alabama State University on a basketball scholarship. He graduated from Miles Law School.

In 2016, attorney Charles Todd Henderson was elected as a Democrat to be the next Jefferson County District Attorney. Henderson was then indicted on felony perjury, leading to Carr’s appointment as interim District Attorney. Alabama Governor Kay Ivey later appointed Michael Anderton, a Republican prosecutor in the district attorney's office, as the next Jefferson County District Attorney.[2] Local activists previously petitioned the Governor to not remove Carr, a Democrat, from the seat.[3]

A career Jefferson County prosecutor and criminal justice reformer, Carr was the victorious Democratic nominee for Jefferson County District Attorney in the November 6, 2018 general election, defeating Anderton.[4][5] Carr took office on November 27, 2018.

References[edit]

  1. ^ Johnson, Roy S. (22 January 2017). "Danny Carr, a son of Ensley, aims to 'do what's right' as Jefferson County DA". Al.com. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  2. ^ Hrynkiw, Ivana (29 November 2017). "Mike Anderton appointed as Jefferson County District Attorney". Al.com. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  3. ^ Edgemon, Erin (21 October 2017). "Petition asks Gov. Ivey to appoint Danny Carr Jefferson County District Attorney". Al.com. Retrieved 12 September 2018.
  4. ^ Wright, Barnett (6 June 2018). "Danny Carr wins Dem Primary; will face Mike Anderton, incumbent Republican, for Jeffco DA".
  5. ^ Hrynkiw, Ivana (November 6, 2018). "Danny Carr wins Jefferson County District Attorney race".