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By Dennis Romero

The Southern Poverty Law Center, one of the nation’s leading civil rights organizations, has fired co-founder Morris Dees but didn’t say exactly why.

The SPLC’s president, Richard Cohen, suggested in a statement Thursday that the 82-year-old’s employment was terminated Wednesday over a matter of conduct.

“As a civil rights organization, the SPLC is committed to ensuring that the conduct of our staff reflects the mission of the organization and the values we hope to instill in the world,” Cohen said. “When one of our own fails to meet those standards, no matter his or her role in the organization, we take it seriously and must take appropriate action.”

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