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U.S. justices to hear race case; one side has two voices

M444ss Wrote: Oct 14, 2013 3:23 PM
"I think (the justices) have to understand that people feel very, very passionately about their own futures and their children's futures." ..because, of course, how people feel (no matter the irrationality of those feelings) should be the basis for public policy and especailly for determining the constitutionality of laws.

By Joan Biskupic

WASHINGTON (Reuters) - The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday will delve into a decades-old debate over university admissions policies that favor racial minorities, hearing a Michigan case that picks up where the justices left off last session in a dispute from the University of Texas.

Unlike the Texas case that tested a specific affirmative action practice, this new dilemma revolves around a broad state constitutional amendment.

In a twist, the two groups in the Michigan case that favor affirmative action to help minorities have put forward divergent views. They will split their side's half hour of oral...