Federal judge ready to close Richmond County school desegregation lawsuit | The Augusta Chronicle

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Federal judge ready to close Richmond County school desegregation lawsuit | The Augusta Chronicle

A desegregation lawsuit naming the Richmond County school system still open after nearly 49 years might soon be over.

In an uncommon judicial move, Senior U.S. District Court Judge Dudley H. Bowen Jr. has ordered the attorneys and parties involved to attend a hearing in the Augusta Judicial Center and John H. Ruffin Jr. Courthouse on June 17, the anniversary of the filing of Robert L. Acree v. the Richmond County Board of Education.

Each side will present reasons to convince the judge that the desegregation case should remain open – else it will be closed.

“It would hardly be a stretch to say that the current level of integration within the facilities, staffing, elected school board, and student population of the Richmond County school system vastly exceeds any likely expectation of the original plaintiffs and their attorneys at the time of the filing,” Bowen wrote. “While I have no statistics to support such speculation, I cannot but observe that this case must be one of the hoariest of its ilk. No one seems to know quite why it is still pending.”

“If it can be said that the school system’s desegregation objectives cannot be met with the presently composed elected school board and three successive black school superintendents, what is the prospect for the future?”

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