Constitutional Law: How to Change Laws You Don't Like

CONSTITUTIONAL LAW How to Change Laws You Don't Like "It is the law," said Louisiana's Democratic Senator Allen J. Ellender of the Civil Rights Act of 1964 that he had opposed so stubbornly. Any Southern resistance. Ellender warned, "must be within the framework of the orderly processes established by law." Any other course "is foolhardy and indefensible," including the doctrine of civil disobedience, which has "no more credence now than it did before."

From a longtime segregationist, that was a statement of stunning reasonableness. Every thoughtful lawyer, whatever his stand on the race problem, is disquieted by civil disobedience, even in...

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