Mass. Court Won't Use 'Grandfathering,' Citing 'Racist Origins'

By Chris Villani (August 3, 2020, 6:25 PM EDT) -- The Massachusetts Appeals Court said in an opinion over a zoning dispute Monday that it would not use the term "grandfathering" due to its "racist origins" in laws that prevented Black people from voting after the Civil War.

A three-judge panel on the state's second highest court used a lengthy footnote to explain why it would not use the word, which has appeared in fewer than 1% of all Massachusetts case documents, according to Harvard Law School's Case Law Access Project.

Associate Justice James R. Milkey wrote in the opinion that the relevant statute in the case "provides a certain level...

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