Nation: No Immunity

Martin Luther King, among other Negro leaders, has long since enunciated the notion that civil rights demonstrators should defy a particular law if they consider it "unjust" or "morally wrong." Under the umbrella of this idea that civil disobedience is O.K. when it is done in the name of civil rights, demonstrators have dumped garbage in New York's City Hall Plaza, urinated in a Montgomery, Ala., public square, staged a sit-in in a White House corridor, and stopped traffic on scores of street and highways by lying down on the pavement.

Last week in Montgomery, U.S. District Judge Frank M. Johnson...

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