The South/law: Push But Not Shove

It was his first judicial conference, and new Chief Justice Howell T. Heflin was sharply taken aback. "Let's get around the Supreme Court on this one if we can," a senior justice had just announced. That was five years ago. Alabama's high court, like those of other Southern states, was still trying to thwart the Supreme Court of the United States—even after a decade and a half of reversals by federal judges. But shortly after the new chiefs swearing-in a secretary at the marmoreal Montgomery supreme court building shrewdly guessed that "things are going to be different around here. Mr. Heflin...

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