Again in honor of tonight's (ahem) debate....
The Rules: Post info about ONE US Supreme Court decision, modern or historic, to your lj. (Any decision, as long as it's not Roe v. Wade.)
The Bakke Decision
After the obvious ones, this came to mind while Hubby and I were playing the game to make sure we would not be as flummoxed as Gov. Palin if Katie Couric asked us the question. Semi-local since it was Bakke VS UC California at Davis.
1978 Decision of the Supreme Court of the United States that ruled unconstitutional the use of fixed quotas for minority applicants at professional schools. At issue was a state medical school's affirmative action program that, because it required a certain number of minority admissions, twice denied entrance to an otherwise qualified white candidate (Allan Bakke). Though the court outlawed quota programs on the grounds that they violated the equal-protection clause of the Constitution of the United States, it allowed colleges to use race as a factor in making college admissions decisions.