The Supreme Court: U.S. Fever Chart

In a rare move, the U.S. Government last week invoked its constitutional power to bring a suit "originally" in the Supreme Court—leaping over all lower court action. It was the first such case in 16 years—and only the 15th in U.S. history.

As in all such cases, the stakes are high: the constitutionality of the 1965 Voting Rights Act. The Government is suing Alabama, Louisiana and Mississippi, where federal examiners have been stopped cold in their effort to get Negroes registered. In those states, says the Government, local courts have simply kept Negroes off the voting rolls...

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