|Title:||Reflections on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 092 McCracken Poston|
|Creator||Poston, McCracken King, 1959-|
|Dates||2009 November 24|
|Repository||Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies|
|Abstract||McCracken Poston gained his first political experience as a law student campaigning for Buddy Darden’s run for Congress. In 1988 he ran a successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives, where he stayed until 1996. He then made a bid for Congress against Nathan Deal, which he lost. Poston returned to Ringgold, Georgia to practice law, and serve as juvenile court judge on the Lookout Mountain Circuit. As a criminal defense attorney, Poston famously and successfully defended Alvin Ridley, who had been charged with imprisoning and killing his wife, and Ray Brent Marsh, in the Tri-state Crematory case. In this interview, Poston discusses his political career, including his working relationship with Speaker Tom Murphy and his efforts to pass an ethics reform bill. He also shares his experience practicing law in high profile cases.|
Reflections on Georgia Politics began in the fall of 2006 at Young Harris College, as a lecture and discussion program hosted by Georgia political veteran Bob Short. In late 2007, the Richard B. Russell Library began producing the program as an oral history video series to further illuminate and personalize the tectonic shifts that occurred in Georgia politics in the late twentieth century.
Reflection on Georgia Politics Oral History Collection, ROGP 092, Richard B. Russell Library for Political Research and Studies, University of Georgia Libraries, Athens, Georgia, 30602-1641.
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McCracken King Poston was born in Fort Oglethorpe, Georgia on October 24, 1959, and was raised in Graysville, Georgia. He earned his bachelor’s degree from the University of Tennessee in 1982, and graduated from the University of Georgia Law School in 1985. During law school, he campaigned for Buddy Darden, who was running for congress. Upon graduation, Poston worked as an assistant district attorney in the Lookout Mountain Circuit. In 1988, he ran a successful campaign for the Georgia House of Representatives. In 1996 he left the Georgia General Assembly and made an unsuccessful run for congress against Republican Nathan Deal. Poston returned to Ringgold, Georgia to practice law, and serve as juvenile court judge on the Lookout Mountain Circuit. As a criminal defense attorney, Poston famously and successfully defended Ray Brent Marsh in the Tri-State Crematory case and Alvin Ridley, who had been charged with imprisoning and killing his wife.
McCracken Poston talks about his early years in Graysville, GA and his first political experience campaigning for Buddy Darden in his bid for Congress. He addresses his experience working with Georgia House Speaker Tom Murphy and his efforts to pass an ethics reform bill. Poston also discusses his later career practicing law, defending high profile cases like that of accused murderer Alvin Ridley and Ray Brent Marsh in the Tri-state Crematory case.