Remembering the late Plyler vs. Doe Judge William Wayne
Judge William Wayne Justice dies at 89
He was once called 'the real governor of Texas’
By R. G. RATCLIFFE and JANET ELLIOTT HOUSTON CHRONICLE
Oct. 14, 2009, 9:37PM
AUSTIN — U.S. District Judge William Wayne Justice — beloved by some, loathed by others — changed Texas civil and inmate rights in ways few political figures have over the past half-century. Justice, who spent 30 years on the bench and once was dubbed “the real governor of Texas” for his rulings, died Tuesday at age 89.
Black children across Texas attend public schools because Justice enforced federal desegregation laws in 1970.
Hispanic children gained the same rights as blacks because of Justice's rulings. His orders prompted bilingual education in Texas.
Texas must educate all children regardless of their immigration status because of a Justice decision.
Juveniles convicted of crimes were moved from incarceration in work camps to modern rehabilitation facilities at his command.
The most sweeping change of all was the Ruiz prison reform case that ended brutal conditions for inmates and prompted a massive building boom that gave Texas one of the largest and most modern incarceration systems in the nation.