Georgia: The Bond Issue

In a split decision, a three-man fed eral court in Atlanta last week upheld the right of Georgia's legislators to refuse to seat Julian Bond, 26, a Negro civil rights worker who had publicly expressed admiration for the courage of draft-card burners and urged Americans to boycott the war in Viet Nam (TIME, Jan. 21). In the court's view, the Georgia house of representatives was justified in construing Bond's public statements as a denial of his lawmaker's oath to support the U.S. and state constitutions.

The dissenting opinion was written by Chief Judge Elbert P. Tuttle, an Eisenhower appointee, who...

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