|Creator:||Isaacs, Carl, 1953-|
|Title:||Carl Isaacs papers|
|Quantity:||1.5 Linear feet (2 boxes and oversize folder)|
Carl Isaacs, Jr., his half brother Wayne Carl Coleman and George Elder Dungee were convicted and sentenced to die in 1974 by a Seminole County jury for the murders of farm patriarch Ned Alday, Ned's brother Aubrey, his sons Jerry, Chester and Jimmy Alday, and Jerry's wife, Mary. They were killed on May 14, 1973, in a bungled burglary. The suspects, who were escapees from a Maryland prison camp, were arrested in West Virginia less than a week later. He was executed by lethal injection on May 6, 2003.
Donald E. Wilkes, Jr. has been a law professor at the University of Georgia School of Law since 1971. Professor Wilkes is a nationally recognized authority in the fields of criminal procedure, capital punishment, and postconviction remedies. Professor Wilkes is one of the leading authorities in the world on the writ of habeas corpus, and in London, England has engaged in extensive research on the history of the writ at such research facilities as the British Library, the Public Record Office (now the National Archives), the University of London, the House of Lords Record Office (now the Parliamentary Archives), the Institute of Historical Research, and the Royal Historical Society. Recently, the Supreme Court of Georgia cited Professor Wilkes' article, The Writ of Habeas Corpus in Georgia, 12 Ga. B.J. 20 (Feb. 2007), in its opinion in Nguyen v. State, 282 Ga. 483 (2007). http://www.lawsch.uga.edu/academics/profiles/wilkes.html (Retrieved October 10, 2009)
The collection consists of correspondence, court documents, and clippings related to Dr. Wilkes' appellate work for Carl Isaacs and George Dungee in the Alday family murder case. The correspondence is primarily between Carl Isaacs, Donald E. Wilkes, Jr., and Christopher Hamilton. Court documents include petitions, habeas corpus applications, subpoenas, and motions. Press materials document the proceedings from the pretrial period until after conviction. A poster about the Alday family murders from a special series in the Atlanta Journal and two t-shirts with pro-electric chair messages are also included.
Carl Isaacs papers, ms 3187. Hargrett Rare Book and Manuscript Library, The University of Georgia Libraries.
Related materials in this repository: Wayne Felker-Jan Burden papers, ms 3186; MS 3193 Tracy Lee Housel papers, ms 3193; Terry Mincey papers, ms 3106; Byron Ashley Parker papers, ms 3189; Carole Butcher papers, ms 3266.