CIVIL LIBERTIES DOCKET
HIGHLIGHTS OF THIS ISSUE
Hey, Look at Me a Minute!
Clarence Darrow noticed, in the early 1930's, that Lincoln Steffens and Jane Addams and other friends were as busy writing their autobiographies as he was. He said they were acting like a bunch of aging newsboys shouting on windy Loop street corners: "Hey, look at me a minute!"
This issue completes ten years of DOCKET publication, and, feeling early old, we're shouting: Hey, look at us a minute! We have reported almost 4,300 cases involving questions of civil rights, due process, or civil liberties in 1,340 pages. We have been told by practicing lawyers, law students, and professors, that we have provided indispensable information in a hurry. We would like to be even more useful to more members of the legal profession.
Please send us your suggestions and criticisms.A Return to Law and Order
We hear a crescendo of voices calling for the preservation or restoration of law and order in our land.
We heartily concur.
That's why we publish this DOCKET—to assist the legal profession in the never-ending task of enforcing the law and obtaining order. Our concern is with enforcing the law of Fair Employment Practices, of equal educational opportunity, of no discrimination in housing, of equal access to the courts.
And our concern is with the order which comes out of dialog, out of the exercise of free speech, freedom of assembly, and the right to petition the government for a redress of grievances.
For ten years, the DOCKET has chronicled, in infinite—often painful—detail, this part of the struggle for law and order.
Frankly, we cannot continue to report any cases without more financial support. Can you or your firm give a (tax exempt) work scholarship to a law student to help in the editing? Or make a cash gift? Soon?Some New DOCKET Features
This issue contains references to forms you may find helpful when you're in a hurry to get a client out of jail or need an injunction to keep him out. See citations to forms, checklists, practice tips available in the CIVIL RIGHTS HANDBOOK ($15.30, Box 673, Berkeley).
And see our new, expanded Index (next page).
420. Due process /Equal Protection for the Poor (pp 151-152)
As more offices are established to provide competent legal services for the poor, the DOCKET will report important new concepts and cases, with your help. See new categories in this issue:
U.S. Supreme Court Opinions Summarized
- 375. Group Legal Services
- 376. Small Claimants' Problems
- 421. Social Welfare Programs—Local (including problems of eligibility, due process)
- 422. Social Welfare Programs—Federal
- 423. Housing (including rent strikes, legislation)
- 424. Credit Problems
- 425. Warranties, Service
- 426. Family Problems
- 429. Miscellaneous
Federal Courts and State Justice
- Foreign "Communist" mail: Heilberg, Lamont, 22.15, 22.18
- Contempt: Holt, Dawley, 42.12
- McCarran Act: Am Comm for Protection of Foreign Born, 211.9, Veterans of Abe Lincoln Brigade, 211.13
- Communist Control Act: US v Brown, 244.1
- Passports to Cuba: Zemel, 252.35
- Self-incrimination: Griffin v California, 333.22
- TV in courtroom: Estes, 354.7
- Confrontation: Douglas, Pointer, 381.7, 381.8
- Birth control: Griswold, 490.6d
- Soldiers' vote: Carrington, 505.1
Three Fifth Circuit opinions are deserving of study: Guyot, 51.Miss.4; Dilworth, 63.32; and Peacock, 55.Miss.5a (read in context with other removal decisions at p. 140).Northern Courts and Southern Justice
Can a New Yorker sue in New York for damages for discrimination in Mississippi? See imaginative suit, Adickes, 552.NY.2.
Can Washington stop racial slurs in Mississippi? See Complaint against WLBT, WJTV, 553.Miss.4.Some Almost Unnoticed Victories
Will Jimmy Higgins Kill Jim Crow?
- Mississippi v Freedom Riders, Thomas (1961): reversed per curiam, 541.Miss.1
- Louisiana v Zellner: (1962 sedition charge): nol prossed, 54.4
- Rice University: deviation from racial exclusion in will permitted: 522.Tex.24
See six new cases in which unions are being forced to face up to charges of racial discrimination by union officials or members, at 575.When Can Johnny Read the 14th Amendment?
After Brown (1954), Civil Rights Act (1964), Rules of US Office of Education (1965), Southern courts are permitting/requiring:
Some Unanswered Questions
- Grade-a-year desegregation: 522.Ala.5, 522.Miss.12
- 2-grades-a-year: 522.Ala.12, .Ala.13, .La.1
- 3-grades-a-year: 522.La.15, .NC.4b, .Ga.13
- All grades by 1965: 522.Tex.25
- All grades by 1967: 522.Tenn.15
- All grades by 1968: 522.Ark.9, .Ga.10, .La.4
- All grades by 1969: 522.La.14a, .La.29
- Only two courts ordered teacher integration: 522.NC.38, .Tenn.10.
- And see the Fourth Circuit movement from de jure to de facto segregation: 522.Va.14a, .Va.30. See pp 155-160.
Can a doctor for the aging stop the aging HUAC? See Stamler v Willis, 271.50.
Can a convicted conscientious objector vote his convictions? See Otsuka, 502.Calif.3.
Does racial desegregation of the public schools mean integration or abolition of Negro teachers? See cases at 522., 571.17, 571.18.
Can a woman with money to hire a lawyer protect her privacy from peeping toms? See Agency for Investigation, 303.58. Can a social worker refuse to peep on a woman on relief? See Parrish, 413.8.
Can a US Attorney refuse to indict Negro witnesses in a Mississippi voter registration probe? See Cox, 41.7. On the other hand, can a federal court grant a motion to dismiss charges arising from the murder of a Negro traveling in Georgia? See Guest, 590.13.And
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