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Bruce M. Wright (September 28, 1918March 24, 2005) was an Americanmarker jurist and served on the New York State Supreme Court. Judge Wright is also the father of Keith L.T. Wright a member of the New York State Assembly in New Yorkmarker, United Statesmarker.

He was born in Borough of Princeton, New Jerseymarker, and raised in Harlem, New Yorkmarker. Bruce McMarion Wright's father was Black and his mother was white. He was awarded a scholarship to attend Princeton Universitymarker in 1939, but denied admission when the university learned that he was Black. Wright was denied admission to Notre Damemarker on the same grounds.

Wright had no trouble entering a U.S. Army, Infantry Division. After World War II, he went AWOL, making his way to Paris, where he was befriended by Senegalesemarker poet Leopold Senghor, who later became his country's first president. Wright’s early ambition was to become a poet and was introduced and later became a friend of Langston Hughes. Wright's first book of poetry, "From the Shaken Tower," was edited by Hughes and published in 1944. He then graduated from Lincoln University, PAmarker, attended Fordham Universitymarker Law School, and obtained his law degree from New York Universitymarker Law School.

Mayor John V. Lindsay named him to the bench in 1970. Judge Wright was critical of the judicial system and believed that race and class all too frequently determined the outcome of a trial. Appointed as the General Counsel for the Human Resources Administration in New York City, Wright served as a judge in New York's civil and criminal courts. He was elected to the New York State Supreme Court in 1982 and retired on Dec. 31, 1994.

Justice Wright spent 25 years on the bench in both criminal and civil cases, gaining a reputation as a scholarly and provocative jurist who sprinkled his opinions with literary quotations. He was the author of a 1987 book, “Black Robes, White Justice,” about the role of race in the judicial system. Wright suffered a heart attack in March 2000 and was made an honorary member of Princeton's 2001 class 65 years after being denied a scholarship because of his race.

Judge Bruce M. Wright, who denounced what he called racism in the criminal justice system and created a furor in the 1970s by setting low bail for many poor and minority suspects, died in his sleep on March 24, 2005, at his home in Old Saybrook, Connecticut at the age of 86. His wife, Elizabeth Davidson-Wright, announced his death.

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