Retired federal judge Buchmeyer dies

DALLAS (AP) - Retired U.S. District Judge Jerry Buchmeyer (BUCK'-my-er), who spent nearly 30 years on the federal bench and presided over a Dallas housing discrimination case, has died.

Chief U.S. District Judge Sidney Fitzwater, for the northern district of Texas, said in a statement that Buchmeyer died Monday. Buchmeyer was 76.

The Dallas Morning News reports Buchmeyer died at a San Marcos
nursing home.

Buchmeyer oversaw a 1985 lawsuit against the Dallas Housing Authority. The case, expanded to include the U.S. Housing and Urban
Development Department and the city of Dallas, allowed thousands of
black families to move into predominantly white neighborhoods.

In another ruling, Buchmeyer said that the expense of citywide political campaigns effectively kept the Dallas City Council disproportionately white.


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