Interview with John Doar
QUESTION 12
INTERVIEWER:

YOU WERE LISTING FOR US THE KINDS OF DIFFICULTIES YOU FACED IN, IN, IN TRYING TO PROSECUTE THESE CASES.

John Doar:

Well we had a problem of federal jurisdiction, uh, and then second, we had a problem of proof. And so that in ni-, the result of those problems resulted in the 1957, uh Civil Rights Act, which provided for injunction suits, uh, in cases of voter discrimination or intimidation, and if there were threats, intimidation or coercion that prevented black citizens from registering to vote then you could bring civil suits, uh, against the persons who perpetrated that intimidation. And we in the Civil Rights division used the civil remedy, the injunctive remedy, to try to put a… some kind of control on intimidation, pending the time that we could get enough black people registered and voting so that the intimidation would stop. That was the, that was the strategy.