Federal Judge Barefoot Sanders dies at 83

DALLAS (AP) - U.S. District Judge Barefoot Sanders, who presided over more than two decades of litigation to desegregate Dallas schools, died today. He was 83.

U.S. districk clerk Karen Mitchell says Sanders died at his home this morning surrounded by his wife and four children.

Sanders served as a deputy attorney general during the Lyndon B. Johnson administration. He was appointed by President Carter in 1979 as a district judge for the Northern District of Texas.

He took over the school desegregation case in 1981, presiding over the case until its closure in 2003.

Sanders' positions sometimes made him the target of hostile phone calls and letters. He said the city was accustomed to segregation, and many whites were content with the status quo.

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