Interview with Judge Robert Carter
QUESTION 5
INTERVIEWER:

IT WAS A WHOLE, IN OTHER WORDS, THERE WAS A STRATEGY THAT YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT FOR TWENTY YEARS THAT WAS GRADUALLY WORKING WITH—WAS IT TARGETED ALWAYS TOWARD THE SUPREME COURT?

Judge Robert Carter:

Yes. Oh, yes. It was targeted. And it was targeted, always targeted towards the Supreme Court, because the point was to get a definitive decision on the constitutional law on the meaning of the equal protection clause of the Fourteenth Amendment, and the due process clause of the Fifth. And so it was—all of our cases were designed to go to the Supreme Court. And when I left the side—when I left the NAACP and went to private law firm, the difference was really amusing, because I'd get a case and I'm ready to get it ready for the Supreme Court. And these commercial cases, of course, what you want to do is have them settled. You don't want to have have a judge decide what they are, if it's possible. So you know that's the one thing you don't want to do, and you know that's the difference. We had—we were preparing every case we took, was its destination was the Supreme Court. It was the Supreme Court of the United States.