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High court upholds Michigan affirmative action ban

By Mark Sherman

Associated Press

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LAST UPDATED: 06:58 a.m. HST, Apr 22, 2014



WASHINGTON >> The Supreme Court has upheld Michigan's ban on using race as a factor in college admissions.

The justices said in a 6-2 ruling Tuesday that Michigan voters had the right to change their state constitution to prohibit public colleges and universities from taking account of race in admissions decisions. The justices said that a lower federal court was wrong to set aside the change as discriminatory.

Justice Anthony Kennedy said voters chose to eliminate racial preferences because they deemed them unwise.

Kennedy said nothing in the Constitution or the court's prior cases gives judges the authority to undermine the election results.

Justice Sonia Sotomayor read her dissent aloud in the courtroom Tuesday. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg sided with Sotomayor in dissent.






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Ken_Conklin wrote:
A wonderful decision. Hawaii take note -- we have the right to put an end to our hundreds of racial entitlement programs.
on April 22,2014 | 05:47AM
kuroiwaj wrote:
Agreed. The 6 - 2 ruling, with Justice Kegan recusing herself, is truly an American decision and could impact many past and future State and Federal laws. Michigan had 58% of its voters change their State Constitution in their affirmative action law and the people's vote count in this U.S. Supreme Court.
on April 22,2014 | 07:30AM
cojef wrote:
A minor set-back for this "social engineering" program, so far.
on April 22,2014 | 07:58AM
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