Federal Appeals Court's Decision Could Expand Affirmative Action, says Chief Judge

A Federal appeals court has rejected a challenge made by two white students against a controversial affirmative action program at the University of Texas in Austin  -- a decision that could expand race-based admissions nationwide, according to a dissenting judge in the case. The case, Fisher v. the University of Texas in Austin, may head to the U.S. Supreme Court, say observers. On Friday, the New Orleans-based 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals voted 9-7 not to rehear a three-judge panel's decision last January that upheld the university's consideration of race and ethnicity in its admission policies. At issue was a complaint filed in 2008 by two white students, Abigail Fisher and Rachel Michalewicz. They contended the University of Texas in Austin had violated their constitutional rights by rejecting their applications because of their race. They'd wanted the full appeal's court to rehear their complaint. Recently, The American Thinker focused on admissions...(Read Full Post)