Klan Bombing Victim’s Dad Freed From Jail

Chris McNair was jailed in 2006 in relation to a corrupt $3 billion sewer project in Alabama's Jefferson County

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Amy E. Voigt / Birmingham Post-Herald / AP

Former Jefferson County Commissioner Chris McNair reacts outside of the Hugo L. Black Federal Courthouse in Birmingham, Ala., in 2005.

A former Alabama politician, whose daughter was among four killed when the Ku Klux Klan bombed the Sixteenth Street Baptist Church in Birmingham in 1963, was ordered to be released from a prison medical facility on Thursday on compassionate grounds.

Chris McNair became one of the Alabama Legislature’s first black members since Reconstruction, but in 2006¬†was among 21 people convicted of corruption linked to a $3 billion sewer project in Jefferson County. He later pleaded guilty to soliciting $140,000 in bribes.

U.S. District Judge Lynwood Smith decided to release the 87-year-old in line with a plea from the Obama administration. Smith said McNair could leave the federal prison medical center in Rochester, Minn., as soon as his health allowed and travel arrangements could be made.