Supreme Court Reverses Sotomayor, Rules for White Firefighters

Monday, June 29, 2009


The Supreme Court ruled Monday that white firefighters in New Haven, CT were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.

New Haven — the court decided in a 5-4 decision, was wrong to scrap a promotion exam because no African-Americans and only two Hispanic firefighters were likely to be made lieutenants or captains based on the results. The city said that it had acted to avoid a lawsuit from minorities.

The ruling could make it harder to prove discrimination when there is no evidence it was intentional.

The ruling also provides fresh fodder to critics of Obama’s choice of Sonia Sotomayor who claim she lacks the judicial wisdom and temperament to site on the Supreme Court.

In a decision that came down along the usual ideological divide that has come to define the court in recent years, Justices Kennedy, Roberts, Alito, Scalia and Clarence Thomas joined in the opinion:

“Fear of litigation alone cannot justify an employer’s reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions.”

Dissenting, were Justices Ginsburg, Breyer, Souter and Stevens.

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6 Responses to Supreme Court Reverses Sotomayor, Rules for White Firefighters

  1. Prairiedog says:

    I can only imagine the chortling tonight on Billo and Hannity. Of course, I don’t watch them but I watch Keith so I will have to suffer through it tomorrow night during his ‘Worst Persons’ segment.

    Am I alone in wishing Keith would end the segment?

  2. Rachel says:

    The country needs Scalia to drop dead and Thomas to retire. Then Obama can nominate replacements to add to Sotomayor. Then the High Court will stop issuing opinions that seem like they’re plucked from the Dallas Country Club.

  3. stradella says:

    Clarence Thomas is a disgrace.

    He’s an intellectual midget who got into law school thanks to a vacancy held open for him through Affirmative Action and once he started issuing decisions, he pronounced Affirmative Action as “evil.”

    Evil, Clarence? So does this make your law career and place in history in the SCOTUS an evil legacy?

    Thurgood Marshall is rolling over in his grave.

  4. pobept says:

    Mark this as a win for fairness and common sense.

  5. libhomo says:

    Two of the majority justices were aooointed by Bush who was not legally president at the time.

  6. Kristin says:

    I am concerned about the future of affirmative action. I believe we have come a long way but it is obvious by the people over at fox news that we have not come far enough.

    Hope all isgoing well with you Chris I am still here reading as always.

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