Civil Action No. 128: Bluford vs. Canada

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Defendant's requested instructions in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada, including specific questions for the jury to consider.

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Jury list in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The list shows 42 potential jurors listing names, counties of residence, and occupations. Several names are stricken through. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Correspondence

Letter from plaintiff's attorney Carl R. Johnson to Judge John C. Collett in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Johnson writes that he is enclosing an amended petition in the case, and notes that the petition has already been forwarded to the defense counsel. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Correspondence

Letter from defense attorney Rubey M. Hulen to the U.S. District Court clerk in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Hulen writes to enclose a form of order to extend time for pleas and filing an answer in the case, which he says he has discussed with Judge John Collet, and asks that Collet sign the order. A handwritten note at the bottom of the letter notes that Hulen has phoned and now wants to delay the order.

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Court order in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Judge John Collet orders that, on application of the defendant, time is extended for the defendant to answer answer and plead to the original complaint. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Motion for more definite statement under Rule 12(e) and to require plaintiff to separately state and number in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense team moves that the plaintiff be required to "make a more definite statement of the several claims for relief and causes of action," and to "state in separate counts the various claims founded upon separate transactions or occurrences under Rule 10(b)." They argue that the different types of claims being made must be dealt with separately. The defendant also demands a jury trial in the case.

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Motion for directed verdict on Count 1 and motions to dismiss Counts 2 and 3 in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense team moves the court to direct the jury to return a verdict against the plaintiff in Count 1 of the amended complaint, arguing that evidence is insufficient to prove the claims, that there is no evidence Bluford applied to Lincoln University in time for the university to establish a graduate journalism program, that University of Missouri registrar Canada acted in accordance with state law in refusing Bluford registration, and other points.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Defendant's requested instructions in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

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Amended complaint for deprivation of plaintiff's civil rights under color of state laws in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada.

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Answer in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The defense responds to Bluford's complaint by arguing that she has no grounds upon which to make this claim, by denying that Canada acts as an "officer" of the University of Missouri in his role as registrar, and affirming the role of Lincoln University to serve the black residents of Missouri by establishing equivalent programs to MU, among other points.

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Verdict in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. Jury foreman Charles E. Abbott announces the jury finds against the plaintiff and for the defendant. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

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Miscellaneous Documents

Jury lists in Civil Case No. 128: Lucile Bluford v. S.W. Canada. The list shows 42 potential jurors listing names, counties of residence, and occupations. Several names are stricken through. At the time, Bluford was the managing editor of the Kansas City Call and her effort to gain admittance to the masters degree program at MU's School of Journalism, and repeated denials due to her race, lead to a a series of lawsuits that eventually reached the Missouri Supreme Court.

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