Attorney General seeks review of affirmative action ruling
Fri, 30 Nov 2012 08:20:18 GMT —
Michigan's attorney general has asked the U.S. Supreme Court to review a ruling declaring the state's ban on affirmative action in college admissions unconstitutional.
Bill Schuette filed a petition Thursday with the court. Michigan voters in 2006 amended the Michigan Constitution to ban use of race in choosing students.
But on Nov. 15, the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Cincinnati said the amendment presents an extraordinary burden to opponents and undermines the Equal Protection Clause's guarantee in the U.S. Constitution that "all citizens ought to have equal access to the tools of political change."
Schuette says the appeals court misapplied equal protection precedents. He says he also wants the high court to "consider whether a state's decision to require equal treatment in higher-education admissions violates equal protection."