Louisiana: Utter Contempt

The biggest roadblock to token integration in New Orleans schools is not the picket line of screaming women but the rabble-rousing state legislature, under the thumb of songwriting Governor Jimmie (You Are My Sunshine) Davis. Early in the six-week-old battle of New Orleans, Federal Judge J. Skelly Wright issued a series of sweeping injunctions to prevent Governor and legislators from intervening, by one legal subterfuge or another, with integration.

Last week a three-man federal court went further, issued contempt citations against Lieutenant Governor C. C. ("Taddy") Aycock and two other top state officials for refusing to sign salary checks owed...

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