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Continued: Supreme Court has big week ahead on major cases

  • Article by: ADAM LIPTAK , New York Times
  • Last update: June 23, 2013 - 7:37 AM

Affirmative action

Consider the case of Abigail Fisher, a white woman who was denied admission to the University of Texas.

She says the university, an arm of the state government, should not classify people on the basis of race because that violates a colorblind conception of the Constitution’s equal protection clause.

A formal conception of equality helps Fisher in her case, Fisher vs. University of Texas. A dynamic one helps the university.

The court may strike down central provisions of the federal marriage law and of the Voting Rights Act.

Should that happen, said Pamela Harris, an adviser to the Supreme Court Institute at Georgetown’s law school, “the left will be saying out of one side of its mouth, ‘How dare you strike down the considered judgment of Congress in the Voting Rights Act?’ ” In the same breath, she said, ­liberals will add, “But great job on DOMA.”

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