Supreme Court to hear case on affirmative action

By Andrew Jones
Tuesday, February 21, 2012 12:12 EDT
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The Supreme Court announced Tuesday morning that it will review affirmative action for the first time in almost a decade after a white student was denied acceptance into the University of Texas, according to The Associated Press.

The case is being brought to the highest court after the 5th Court of Appeals upheld the university’s decision based on the 2003 Supreme Court case Grutter vs. Bollinger, in which racial considerations in admissions at the University of Michigan were ruled legal by the court.

The original lawsuit was filed by Abigail Fisher and another woman in 2008, who felt the University of Texas’ admissions policy violated their civil and constitutional rights. Fisher, now a senior at Louisiana State University, has continued with the lawsuit while the other woman has dropped out.

Justice Elena Kagan is recusing herself from the case after serving as the Justice Department’s solicitor general while the department participated in the Texas case.

Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones
Andrew Jones is a staff writer/reporter for Raw Story. Besides covering politics, he is also a freelance sports journalist, as well as a slam poetry and music artist. You can follow him on Twitter @sluggahjells.
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