Chicago Judge Hits Nixon Court Nominee for Alleged Co-op Apartment Discrimination

Complaints of anti-Jewish discrimination in the sale of luxury cooperative apartments in Chicago involve a prominent Chicago lawyer just appointed by President Richard M. Nixon to the United States Court of Appeals, the New York Times reported today. According to Times’ reporter Donald Janson, Judge Jacob M. Braude of the Cook County Circuit Court has accused the Nixon appointee, Charles A. Bane, of preventing his purchase of an apartment in Mr. Bane’s building because Judge Braude is Jewish. Judge Braude said he plans to testify against Mr. Bane-when the Senate Judiciary Committee holds confirmation hearings.

President Nixon nominated Mr. Bane on May 27. Two days later Judge Braude wrote to Sen. Everett M. Dirksen, Illinois Republican, a leading member of the Judiciary Committee, requesting an opportunity to oppose the Bane appointment. Sen. Dirksen replied that Judge Braude would be notified. The Judge also wrote to Illinois’ junior Senator, Charles H. Percy, charging that Mr. Bane had told him the apartment he was interested in was not a “Jewish” apartment and therefore could not be sold to a person of the Jewish faith.

According to Abbot Rosen, Chicago director of the B’nai B’rith Anti-Defamation League, many of Chicago’s luxury buildings have a “Jewish quota.” Judge Braude said that at the time he applied, Mr. Bane’s building had four Jewish families out of 33 and that Mr. Bane informed him that he had bought the apartment in the building on the understanding that the ratio of Jews to non-Jews would be maintained.

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