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Wednesday, October 21, 2009

Remembering Judge Justice...

Judge William Wayne Justice died last week at the age of 89.  He had been a federal judge since 1968, spending most of that time in Tyler, Texas before moving to Austin.  You may remember him as the district judge in Plyler v. Doe, where he struck down a Texas statute that excluded children of illegal immigrants from  the public schools.  (The Supreme Court affirmed.)  He was the district judge in Ruiz v. Estelle, a prison case that led to a complete overhaul of the Texas jail system.  And he was also the judge in United States v. Texas, which helped desegregate the Texas public schools He was passionately liked and passionately disliked.  As a UT alum and Austin dweller for several years, I met Judge Justice a number of times and really liked him; my friends that clerked for him had nothing but good things to say.  Rest in peace, Judge Justice.

Posted by Chris Lund on October 21, 2009 at 09:27 PM | Permalink

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