Each quarter they submit an application and each quarter they are denied on various flimsy pretexts such as "No room in the dormitories." On January 6, 1961, a federal judge orders them admitted.Georgia's appeal to the Supreme Court is quickly denied a couple of days later.A witness also could be threatened with harm to his business or reputation.
Represented by Constance Baker Motley of the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund (known as the "Inc Fund"), plus Atlanta attorneys Donald Hollowell and Horace Ward (who had himself made an earlier attempt to integrate UGA), along with law clerk Vernon Jordan, Holmes and Hunter fight their case through the courts.
Under the first type of statute, simply asking a witness to testify in your favor constitutes witness tampering.
The other statutes require that the person accused actually threatened or intimidated the witness.
When Hunter and Holmes arrive on campus white students jeer and taunt: "Two, four, six, eight. " After a sports event on January 11, a mob attacks Charlayne Hunter's dormitory and has to be driven off by police tear gas.
Instead of punishing the white rioters, UGA suspends Holmes and Hunter "for their own safety and the safety of other students." It is later revealed that some university and government officials hope to repeat the tactic that worked for the University of Alabama when they expelled Autherine Lucy after a white riot in 1956. More than 400 UGA faculty (a majority) sign a resolution condeming both the violence and the suspension, and calling for the return of the two Black students.