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A judge has ruled that a north Louisiana landowner violated the Fair Housing Act by engaging in a discriminatory pattern of excluding blacks from a marina outside Shreveport.

SHREVEPORT, La. (AP) — A judge has ruled that a north Louisiana landowner violated the Fair Housing Act by engaging in a discriminatory pattern of excluding blacks from a marina outside Shreveport. U.S. District Judge Tom Stagg this week ordered Reggie Collier, who managed Camp Joy Marina, to pay a $25,000 civil penalty to the federal government and more than $25,000 to compensate his victims. During a two-day trial, a man who operated the marina’s restaurant and bar testified that Collier threatened to cancel his lease if he allowed blacks to live on the property. Stagg also heard testimony that Collier interfered with the sale of a home because he was afraid it would be sold to a black buyer. The government filed suit against Collier following an investigation. Copyright 2010 The Associated Press.

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