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“I Wanted to Dramatize the Racist Attitude of the Majority”

In his nearly 40 years on the bench, Circuit Court Judge Damon Keith has issued his share of blockbuster decisions—desegregating a racist public school system in Pontiac, Michigan, allowing affirmative action in police departments, and even halting President Richard Nixon’s illegal wiretap program. (In response, Nixon sued Keith personally; the Supreme Court unanimously vindicated Keith.
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