The Law: The Busing Judge

While the Supreme Court establishes broad legal principles, it is the nation's 375 federal district judges who face the hard task of applying them to specific cases. In the South since 1954, such judges have borne the crucial and often lonely responsibility for determining at trials the speed of desegregation. When the Supreme Court ruled last week that judges may order busing to end dual school systems (see THE NATION), the high court gave even more power—and problems—to the front-line men on the federal bench.

Appropriately the ruling upheld one of the most impressive members of the Southern federal judiciary. James Bryan...

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