Two SCOTUS rulings and one Mass. SJC ruling in one day. What do they mean?
WGBH - 06/24/2016
The court held that “the race-conscious admissions program in use at the time of petitioner’s application is lawful under the Equal Protection Clause.”
Northeastern University law professor and WGBH News legal correspondent Daniel Medwed called the court’s decision “surprising”:
Many folks thought it would cut 4-3 the other way. Why? Because of Justice Kennedy—that long-standing swing-vote on the court. He has a past pattern in voting against affirmative action, most notably against the prominent 2003 case called Gruder, in which he was in the dissent when the majority was found in favor of a race-conscious admissions program at the University of Michigan.