UA Press rejected former judge’s book on Cottrell case

Judge Steve Wilson is now shopping it to other publishers, according to the Associated Press. UA Press cited the book’s subjective analysis as a reason it refused to publish the book.

“The approach he took was valid but did not meet the requirements that we have for works of history,” said Don Ross, director and editor-in-chief for Alabama Press. Wilson’s analysis “was a very subjective one, which is understandable since he was one of the principles in the case, but we’re looking for things that are more objective.”

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Wilson claims his book isn’t meant to shock anyone, but to “enlighten.”

“I don’t see it as a bombshell, because a lot of what I say in the book has been in the public,” he said. “I think it’s going to put a lot of things together and put a lot of things in perspective that you’ll be able see the forest without getting hung up in the trees.”

However in a May 22 letter to the editor of the Tuscaloosa News, Wilson promised a few “surprises.” Wilson also alleged a conspiracy between the late Logan Young, the plaintiffs in the case and the Tuscaloosa News.

I’d call the conspiracy allegation a bombshell.