Most young conservative activists see Mark Potok and Heidi Beirich as the face of the SPLC. That is because Morris Dees, the founder, has a sordid past that is dangerous for the organization to have him on any live show. Dees makes rare appearances at campuses. Even, then the Q&A session often get cancelled if their is any opposition in the crowd.
Dees has been denounced as a con artist by people all across the political spectrum. He has been denounced by major newspapers. He has been denounced by people of all races. He has been denounced on the pages of major left-wing websites like Daily Kos and Huffington Post.
G. Morris’ Step-Daughter. Holly Buck, Maureene’s daughter by a previous marriage, is eighteen years old (R. 728). She was seven years old when her mother and Morris married, and she has lived with them in the house at Mathews from then until theseparation (R. 728). Holly testified that, in the summer of 1977, Morris attempted to molest her in the following incident (R. 729): One night Maureene and Morris were sitting drinking wine and discussing a case Morris was trying. She was with them. Around eleven or twelve o’clock Maureene went to bed and Holly stayed up with Morris discussing the case. Morris kept offering Holly wine, some of which she accepted. At Morris’ suggestion, they went outside to the pool, and he suggested that they go for a swim, but Holly was tired and declined (R. 731). She went to her room and then went into the bathroom. Looking out the window, she saw Morris in the bushes beside the bathroom window looking in (R. 731). She said “Morris, is that you”, but he said nothing and ran away (R. 732). Two months later, she was asleep one night and Morris entered her room from Ellie’s room, through the bathroom. He was in his underwear and he sat on the bed where Holly was lying on her stomach facing away from the door. He touched her on the back and woke her up. He told her that he had brough her a present, and he presented her with a vibrator. He plugged it in and said he had brought it to her. He proceeded to rub it on her back and said, “Let me show you how to use it” (R. 733). She said that’s not necessary, but he started to place it between her legs when she raised he voice and said no loudly. He then took the vibrator and left (R. 734). All he had on was a pair of bikini underwear shorts (R. 734). About two hours later, she had fallen back asleep and he came back in (R. 735). He brought the vibrator with him, plugged it in and said again, “Let me show you how to use it.” He tried to show her again by putting it between her legs, but she raised her voice again and he stopped. He took it and left (R. 635). She did not tell her mother about this incident until the separation when they moved outof the Mathews house in the spring of 1979 (R. 736).