06/24/2013 10:43 am ET Updated Jun 24, 2013

Affirmative Action Decision: Supreme Court Sends Case Back For Review


The Supreme Court ruled on affirmative action Tuesday, sending Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin back to a lower court.

The Court ordered the 5th circuit to reconsider the affirmative action case using a "correct analysis."

HuffPost's Mike Sacks and Ryan Reilly report:

By a 7-1 vote on Thursday, the Supreme Court told an appeals court that it misinterpreted the justices' precedent when reviewing the University of Texas at Austin's affirmative action policy.

The decision is a provisional victory for Abigail Fisher, a white woman who claimed that UT-Austin unconstitutionally discriminated against her after the state's flagship university rejected her application in 2008 under its race-conscious admissions program. UT-Austin will now have a much more difficult job of proving its program constitutional under the standard the Supreme Court clarified on Monday.

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