TEXAS: Closed-Dp Shop

Digging deep into its statute books for three little-used laws, the state of Texas last week put the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People out of business within its borders.* In a civil proceeding in the Seventh District Court at Tyler, the N.A.A.C.P. was charged with 1) barratry (inciting or instigating lawsuits), 2) violating its state charter as a charitable and benevolent group by engaging in political activity, 3) failing to pay state franchise taxes. The court's injunction so sharply curbs the activities of N.A.A.C.P.'s 20,000 Texas members that N.A.A.C.P. Chief Counsel Thurgood Marshall, while planning his...

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