JUDICIARY: Question Ducked

When she refused to sit in the Jim Crow section of a Norfolk-Baltimore bus, Irene Morgan, a Negro, was thrown out and fined $10. Virginia's highest court upheld the action. But an appeal was made to the U.S. Supreme Court. This week seven nimble Justices ducked the racial question and settled everything on the basis of comfortable traveling.

Ten states,* they noted, have Jim Crow laws. Eighteen states specifically forbid segregation. Said Justice Reed, of Kentucky: segregation imposes an undue burden on interstate commerce. In other words, it is too much trouble to have bus riders changing seats as buses...