Supreme Court Sends Controversial Case back to Lower Courts
WASHINGTON --It was poised to impact the way universities accept students based on race but instead the supreme court sent back a controversial case to the lower courts for further review.
It's sent for further review because the Supreme Court said the lower courts used the worng constitutional standard to judge the university's admission process.
In 2008 Abigail Noel Fisher, a white female was rejected from the university.
Fisher sued the university because she claims race was a factor in her admission and said the university accepted less qualified minority students.
It could be several months before the lower courts make a decision but University of Florida Professor Lyrissa Lidsky says the supreme court is sending a strong message to the lower courts about the use of affirmative action.
" I really think the subtext of this supreme court decision is lower court there was a race neutral alternative available it was working to achieve diversity you don't need a racially discriminatory affirmative action program," Lyrissa Lidsky University of Florida Professor of Law said.
University of Texas at Austin lawyers said the university defends it's policy and it meets the standards set by previous court decisions.
UF Law experts say universities like UF must constantly evaluate their admission process to make sure its non discriminatory.
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