Appeals court: Texas can use race in admissions - KALB-TV News Channel 5 & CBS 2

Appeals court: Texas can use race in admissions

Posted: Updated:

AUSTIN, Texas (AP) - A federal appeals court panel ruled Tuesday that the University of Texas can continue using race in its undergraduate admissions, a year after the U.S. Supreme Court sent the case back to a lower court.

A 5th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals panel ruled 2-1 that barring the university from using race would hurt diversity on campus. The ruling came in a lawsuit filed in 2008 by Abigail Fisher, who is white and was denied admission.

"We are persuaded that to deny UT Austin its limited use of race in its search for holistic diversity would hobble the richness of the educational experience," the panel found.

The case went to the U.S. Supreme Court in June 2013. But rather than issue a landmark decision on affirmative action, the high court voted 7-1 to tell a lower appeals court to take another look at Fisher's lawsuit.

The university said at the time that that decision would have no effect on its admissions policies. The university scheduled a news conference later Tuesday to react to the latest ruling.

Fisher's attorneys said they plan to appeal.

"It is disappointing that the judges hearing my case are not following the Supreme Court's ruling last summer. I remain committed to continuing this lawsuit even if it means we appeal to the Supreme Court once again," Fischer said in a statement.

 

  • Most Popular StoriesMost Popular StoriesMore>>

  • Man arrested in connection with Cottonport armed robbery, multiple school lockdowns

    Man arrested in connection with Cottonport armed robbery, multiple school lockdowns

    Friday, August 29 2014 10:50 PM EDT2014-08-30 02:50:42 GMT
    COTTONPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A Marksville man turns himself in to Cottonport Police following an armed robbery to an individual.More >>
    COTTONPORT, La. (KALB News Channel 5) - A Marksville man turns himself in to Cottonport Police following an armed robbery to an individual.More >>
  • Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Family of instructor killed by 9-year-old with Uzi speaks

    Friday, August 29 2014 3:36 PM EDT2014-08-29 19:36:40 GMT
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
    NEW YORK (CBS News) -- The family of an Arizona shooting range instructor accidentally killed by a 9-year-old girl while he was teaching her to use an Uzi said they feel sorry for the child.More >>
  • Tropical Blog Fri (8/29)

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    4 Areas of Interest In The Tropics

    Friday, August 29 2014 11:38 AM EDT2014-08-29 15:38:26 GMT
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
    Friday, August 2910:30amThere is One Tropical Cyclone in the Atlantic Basin.Cristobal (Post-Tropical Cyclone)The Center of Cristobal is last located 545 miles SSW of Halifax, Nova Scotia and is centered at 45.5N 47.1W with Maximum sustained winds of 75mph and a Minimum Central Pressure of 980mb (28.94"). This system is moving NE (055) at 44mph.Watches/Warnings:There are no current watches or warnings associated with this system..Satellite Radar analysis reveals that Cristobal has completed ...More >>
Powered by WorldNow
Powered by WorldNow
All content © Copyright 2000 - 2014 WorldNow and KALB. All Rights Reserved.
For more information on this site, please read our Privacy Policy and Terms of Service.