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Smuck v. Hobson

United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit
408 F.2d 175 (D.C. Cir. 1969)


Facts

Parents (plaintiffs) of black and poor students brought a class action discrimination suit against the District of Columbia School District Board of Education (Board) (defendant). The plaintiffs won in the district court. The Board voted not to appeal the judgment and ordered Dr. Carl Hansen, the superintendent, not to appeal. However, Hansen and Carl Smuck, a dissenting member of the Board, filed notices of appeal and motions to intervene. In addition, twenty parents (parents) who disagreed with the district court’s decision also filed motions to intervene. Subsequently, Hansen left his position as superintendent. This court held the appeals in abeyance and remanded the motions to intervene to the district court. The district court granted the motions to intervene.

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