Interview with Constance Baker Motley
QUESTION 41
INTERVIEWER:

ALL THROUGH THAT EIGHTEEN MONTHS, WAS THERE ANY PARTICULAR DAY OR PART OF THAT EIGHTEEN MONTHS TKAT STANDS OUT IN YOUR MIND AS BEING FUNNY OR, OR APPALLING OR EXCITING?

Judge Constance Baker Motley:

Well, of course, there are many bizarre things which occurred. Once the Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled in that James Meredith was entitled to admission, one of the judges of that court, then Cameron, on his own issued an order barring James Meredith's admission. Now he did not sit on the three- judge panel of that court that actually heard and decided that case and that was most unusual and so we had to go to the United States Supreme Court to get that order set aside before Meredith was finally admitted and that had never happened before in the history of the country. And everybody thought, "My goodness, what about that judge?" But it did add to the length of time in the courts before he was finally admitted.