Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 40
INTERVIEWER:

JUST BEFORE WE GET TO ACTUALLY GETTING HIM IN, YOU WERE TALKING ABOUT IT'S A SIMPLE CASE LEGALLY, BUT THERE WERE AN ENORMOUS NUMBER OF STRATEGIES INVOLVED IN……

CAMERA CREW MEMBER:

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Judge Constance Baker Motley:

The Meredith case took eighteen months in court, which is probably not an inordinate length of time as legal cases go. But I think one of the reasons for it was that we took an appeal from the district court's denial of our motion for a preliminary injunction which sought his admission pending the outcome of the trial. Now that appeal was denied and we had to go back and have a full trial because the relief which we were seeking was the ultimate relief in the case, his admission. And everyone knew full well that when his admission came about there would be this resistance. And so there was a tendency perhaps to take some time in finally getting the decision out, but I don't think eighteen months if you look at it, was extraordinarily long period of time.