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Ricci v Destefano

Supreme Court Keeps Firefighters' Civil Rights Claim Alive

Michelle Chen | Posted 05.25.2011 | Chicago
Michelle Chen

Once again, a city fire department is in the hot seat for employment discrimination, prompting the Supreme Court to set crucial new precedents for civil rights law.

Forget Being "Borked," She's Been "Sotomayored"

Karl Frisch | Posted 05.25.2011 | Media
Karl Frisch

It's clear the conservative press has little interest in ascertaining the veracity of right-wing smears against Sotomayor before advancing them.

GOP Senators: Sotomayor Firefighter Plaintiff Is Victim Of "Smear Campaign"

The New Haven Independent | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

As firefighter Frank Ricci arrived in the nation's capital for his moment in the spotlight, U.S. Sen. Orrin Hatch came to the his defense against an a...

The GOP's Mischaracterization of Judge Sonia Sotomayor

Sophia A. Nelson | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Sophia A. Nelson

Sotomayor is the most qualified judge to approach the Senate for Supreme Court confirmation in at least 70 years. This should cause the GOP to take a long "reflective pause" and frankly back off.

Demolition Specialists: The Supreme Court's 2008/2009 Term

Nan Aron | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nan Aron

In Ricci v. DeStefano, the five conservatives on the Supreme Court struck a blow against this nation's most effective weapon for eliminating discrimination from our workplaces.

Michael Jackson and the Supreme Court

Nicolaus Mills | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Nicolaus Mills

The tributes to Jackson have come with a high political price. They have deflected attention from the most racially charged and economically important Supreme Court decision in years.

Supreme Court Offers "Strong Basis" but Little Guidance in Ricci Decision

Irasema Garza | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Irasema Garza

The Supreme Court's ruling last week in Ricci vs. DeStefano should not be understated: the decision threatens to undermine the vital function of the country's historic civil rights legislation.

Disparate Lives: Why the Ricci Decision Won't Affect Racial (In)Equality

Dalton Conley | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Dalton Conley

If we want to ensure true equality of opportunity, we need to focus on disadvantaged groups long before kids take the SATs or firefighters take an "externally validated" exam.

After New Haven: Random Ruminations on Race

Rick Horowitz | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Rick Horowitz

At some point, the surgeon has to pick up the knife; the fire captain has to send his people into the burning building. They need to know what they're doing.

Why do White People Have to Outscore Everybody Else on Tests? And Other Questions You've Wondered but Didn't Dare Ask!

Richard M. Benjamin | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics
Richard M. Benjamin

How can public institutions achieve "diversity" in a way that's fair and legal?

Ricci Decision: 5-4 Ruling In Favor Of Firefighters

AP/Huffington Post | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision t...

Sam Stein

White House: "Little Political Significance" To Ricci Decision | Sam Stein | Posted 05.25.2011 | Politics

The White House insisted on Monday that the political dynamics behind Sonia Sotomayor's Supreme Court nomination had not changed with the Supreme Cour...