John Minor Wisdom


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Wisdom, John Minor,

1905–99, American jurist, b. New Orleans; grad. Tulane Univ. Law School, 1929. A Republican, long in private practice, he was named to the federal 5th Circuit Court of Appeals in 1957, and became a leader in enforcing the rights of black citizens during tense periods of the civil-rights movement.
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Previous honorees include US Supreme Court Chief Justice Edward White, US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit Judges John Minor Wisdom, Edith Brown Clement, W.
Pryor, a Catholic Republican, served as editor-in-chief of the Tulane Law Review as a law student in Louisiana before clerking for Judge John Minor Wisdom of the U.S.
The first of these, John Minor Wisdom, was one of the very best jurists I have met here and abroad, be the measure his knowledge, dedication, or caring for the law and the large society law serves.
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"The Constitution is both color blind and color conscious," Judge John Minor Wisdom wrote in his majority opinion.
Such bluntness off the bench may explain why the former circuit chief judge and his circuit have not been given the respect of peers and jurists nationwide when compared to accolades for predecessors like Judges John Minor Wisdom and Elbert Tuttle in the old Fifth Circuit.
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and John Minor Wisdom, senior judges on the United States Courts of Appeals for the Eleventh and Fifth Circuits, respectively, were great judges.
Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals Judge John Minor Wisdom (like Wilkinson a descendent of a White League insurrectionist) acknowledges that the White League actively sought to establish white domination but contends that somehow "that was not the big issue .
John Minor Wisdom's fame as the Fifth Circuit's--and indeed, the entire federal judiciary's--foremost voice on behalf of civil rights rests predominantly on a trio of mid-1960s opinions concerning voting rights, the Ku Klux Klan, and school desegregation.
"Skelly should have been here," John Minor Wisdom whispered to the judge's widow, Helen Wright, at a 1993 White House ceremony.