Thursday, March 22, 2012

Supreme Court hearing today over Fisher v. UT case

Chief Justice Roberts, Drawn by Jessica Sohn
By: Emily Chassman and Naomi Bernstein

Today, the Supreme Court of the United States met to hear arguments for the affirmative action case Fisher v. UT Austin. With the exception of Justice Kagan, who recused herself, the eight justices sat to question Lisa Chavez of the Center for Equal Opportunity, who argued against affirmative action, and Greg Abbott, the Attorney General of the Texas State government, who argued for it. 

The justices on both sides of the case were able to get their points across through the questioning on constitutionality, precedent, and the principles of affirmative action in general. 
Witnesses Lisa Chavez and Greg Abbott, drawn by Jessica Sohn

Justice Kennedy, the apparent swing voter in the case, was careful not to make his position too clear through his questions, and his vote is still ambiguous to the public.

The Supreme Court will release its decision on the case soon, determining the fate of affirmative action for the entire country. #

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