CALIFORNIA: Superior Authority?

In the state where it was hatched, the Charter of the United Nations fluttered home to roost last week. A California court of appeals used it to throw out a California law. The opinion, if upheld, might scatter confusion through the laws of the 48 states.

The opinion was delivered in the case of Sei Fujii, a sad-faced little Japanese who had bought a piece of Los Angeles real estate, but could not get legal title because of California's Alien Land Act. Under the act—which has been regularly attacked and just as regularly upheld by both state...

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