Interview with Judge Charles Clark
QUESTION 2
INTERVIEWER:

THE OTHER SIDE CLAIMED OF COURSE, THAT THIS WAS SIMPLY A DELAYING TACTIC, THAT THE UNIVERSIY UH, AND THE STATE TO SOME EXTENT WERE TRYING TO PREVENT HIS ENTRANCE BY WHATEVER CLAIMS THERE WERE AND THAT WAS WHY IT WAS SUCH A LONG PROCESS. THIS WAS OBVIOUSLY NOT WHAT YOU FELT…

Judge Charles Clark:

Well, it's not a question of what I felt. The attorney general of the state came to me and said we have been sued, by a person claiming that we have committed a wrongful act. We deny that we committed that act. We need a litigator to help us because our first assistant attorney general has become ill. His health has deteriorated. Will you be our litigator? Yes I will. I will represent you. I interviewed my clients. There was no policy. Now, this looks, if this looks unusual you've got to look at it in its historical context. Um, history is a record of changes, now, Mississippi is certainly a state uh that had a reputation earned or not is not my, it's not my concern for being very near the pole in racial polarization. This did not mean anything to me insofar as the presentation of a point in a lawsuit was concerned. My question was, my clients have been alleged to have adopted a policy and applied a policy to an applicant. Uh, when I satisfied myself that there was a valid legal defense to that I presented that defense.