Eight months after they heard arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas, the justices on the U.S. Supreme Court finally issued a ruling Monday in the affirmative action case. The decision was anticlimactic, given the interest in the closely watched case. There was no broad judgment. Instead, the justices decided, 7-1, to send Fisher back to a lower federal court for further review.
The court did not decide whether UT’s admissions program is constitutional, and it reaffirmed the support for diversity it expressed in Grutter v. Bollinger, a 2003 Michigan case. But the court also narrowed considerably the standards by which Grutter can be met.
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