William Wayne Justice

Judge William Wayne Justice was a hero of mine. He set the pace for so-called activist judges and in the process became the most despised man in Texas. When Wayne was appointed a federal district judge in 1968, the South was not through fighting the Civil War. The most unpopular people were those, like Wayne, who enforced desegregation in schools.

It would have been easier to just go along, as so many other judges did. But Wayne, who died Oct. 13 at 89, didn't wink at the law. After receiving handwritten letters from prison inmates describing awful conditions and brutal treatment,...

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