The Law: See Here, General Kennedy

When the N.A.A.C.P. urged President Johnson to consider "taking over" race-torn Mississippi, Attorney General Robert F. Kennedy replied that the federal-state relationship forbids "preventive police action." Last week General Kennedy (Virginia Law, '51) was given a failing grade on his answer by 29 law professors at Harvard, Yale, Columbia, N.Y.U., Pennsylvania and Boston College. Whatever Kennedy's political motives, said they in an open letter rebutting his "facile pronouncement," the legal facts are clear. The Federal Government has been fully empowered since Reconstruction to "take protective action in the circumstances that now prevail in Mississippi." >Section 332 of Title 10 of...

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