Interview with Judge Charles Clark
QUESTION 15
INTERVIEWER:

IN FACT WHILE I'M THINKING ABOUT THE COURT CASES, NOT TO, NOT TO GET INTO LITTLE ARGUMENTS, BUT ONE OF THE UH, STRIKING PARTS OF THE CASE IS JUDGE WISDOM'S CHARACTERIZING THE LOWER COURTS ACTIONS AS OCCURING IN THE ATMOSPHERE, THE ERIE ATMOSPHERE OF NEVER, NEVER LAND. NOW DID YOU THINK IT WAS A NEVER, NEVER LAND?

Judge Charles Clark:

No, I did not think it was a never, never land. And as I tell you as a litigator, uh, I was convinced that the procedural steps and the arguments and the evidence that we advanced in that case were sound arguments and sound evidence. It uh, in looking back at the opinion myself I'm more bemused by the dissenting judge's remarks than ever before in which he said that considered as a brief for James Meredith that Judge Wisdom's opinion was a masterpiece. Uh, you can, as a judge, I have learned, write too strongly when you let your own personal feelings get involved in what you're deciding as a matter of law. And this again I go back to the uh incident that I tell you that his characterization of the Meredith deposition in which the question was did you, essentially did you swear falsely and the answer was yes sir, was merely an indication that Meredith was being attentive to the question.