High Court Weighs Michigan Affirmative Action Ban

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is taking up a case about Michigan’s voter-approved ban on taking account of race in college admissions. The justices are hearing argument Tuesday over whether the change to the state constitution that voters backed in 2006 discriminates against minorities. The outcome also could affect similar measures in California and Washington […]

High Court Won’t Stop California Inmate Reduction

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SACRAMENTO – The U.S. Supreme Court said Tuesday it will not consider Gov. Jerry Brown’s appeal of an order to trim the state prison population by another 9,600 inmates, leaving him with just one more chance to persuade a lower court to stop or delay a reduction that he says threatens public safety. The justices […]

RAYNARD JACKSON: Supreme Court Made Right Call on Voting & Affirmative Action

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OPINION – Last week liberal Blacks and Whites went crazy after the Supreme Court issued its ruling on affirmative action and the voting rights cases. Well, I happen to agree with the court in both decisions. Now, before you start calling me a “sell-out, Uncle Tom,” or “Republican,” turn off your emotions and listen to […]

Affirmative Action Ruling Contest: Race vs. Class

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WASHINGTON – In post-Great Recession America, which is the bigger barrier to opportunity race or class? A decade ago, the U.S. Supreme Court kept the focus on race as a barrier, upholding the right of colleges to make limited use of racial preferences to ensure a diverse student body. But in a ruling due this […]

High Court Poised to Upend Civil Rights Policies

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WASHINGTON – Has the nation lived down its history of racism and should the law become colorblind? Addressing two pivotal legal issues, one on affirmative action and a second on voting rights, a divided Supreme Court is poised to answer those questions. In one case, the issue is whether race preferences in university admissions undermine […]

New Affirmative Action Case at Supreme Court

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WASHINGTON – The Supreme Court is broadening its examination of affirmative action by adding a case about Michigan’s effort to ban consideration of race in college admissions. The justices already were considering a challenge to the University of Texas program that takes account of race, among many factors, to fill remaining spots in its freshman […]

Supreme Court Justice Equates Black Voting Rights with ‘Racial Entitlements’

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WASHINGTON – In the oral arguments last week before the Supreme Court to determine whether a key section of the Voting Rights Act should be upheld, Justice Antonin Scalia referred to the provision as “perpetuation of racial entitlement.” It was the kind of comment that could easily spark a demonstration in front of the court. […]

Can Escape Clause Save Voting Rights Provision?

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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration and civil rights groups are defending a key section of the landmark voting rights law at the Supreme Court by pointing reformed state, county and local governments to an escape hatch from the law’s strictest provision. The Voting Rights Act effectively attacked persistent discrimination at the polls by keeping close […]

Obama Weighs Stepping In On California Gay Marriage Case

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WASHINGTON – Facing heightened expectations from gay rights supporters, the Obama administration is considering urging the Supreme Court to overturn California’s ban on gay marriage – a move that could have a far-reaching impact on same-sex couples across the country. The administration has one week to file a friend-of-the-court brief with the justices outlining its […]

Same-Sex Marriage Cases To Get Supreme Court Review

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WASHINGTON – The U.S. Supreme Court is taking a potentially historic look at same-sex marriage by agreeing to hear two cases that challenge governments’ different treatment of gay Americans. The focus in one case is California’s constitutional amendment that forbids same-sex marriage. The other case deals with a federal law that denies to those who […]