The Law: No Easy Transfers To Federal Courts

The mere pursuit of civil rights, said the U.S. Supreme Court with unexpected sternness last week, does not give an individual a license to break the law. The ruling came in the case of 29 demonstrators who had been arrested in Mississippi in 1964 (Greenwood v. Willie Peacock et al.), for such offenses as parading without a permit, obstructing traffic and biting a policeman.

Contending that they could not expect fair treatment in Mississippi, the 29 had petitioned for removal of their cases to federal jurisdiction. The court, which has long since demonstrated its sympathy for the civil rights movement, was well...

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