Speculation: Fisher v. Texas decision could be held until next year


While previous articles from The Daily Texan have indicated the Supreme Court has until the end of the month to rule on the Fisher v. Texas case, a possibility remains that the court could choose to hold their ruling on the case until next year.

Fisher, which will decide whether the University’s use of race as a factor in admissions violates the constitution’s guarantee of equal protection, is not the only case related to affirmative action currently before the court. This spring the justices also picked up a challenge to Michigan’s 2006 voter initiative banning the state’s use of race in admissions at public universities.

When the Michigan case, Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, is heard in the fall there will be additional questions before the court related to the use of race in admissions. If a plurality of Supreme Court justices chooses to do so, the court could hold their ruling on Fisher until hearing Schuette.

The justices could then potentially issue both opinions concurrently at an opinion date they set down, according the SCOTUSblog, an online news site that covers the Supreme Court.

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