The Supreme Court in 2013: Highs, lows and an 'other'
Like students, Supreme Court justices divide their time into terms that begin in the fall and conclude in early summer. But it's still possible to grade its members on what they did right and wrong in calendar year 2013. Here are some highs and lows -- and a development that can be scored either way, depending on how you feel about justices making news off the bench. -- Michael McGough
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High: Affirmative action
Also in June, the court by a 7-1 vote punted on a case that many feared might spell the end of racial preferences in admissions by state universities. The justices sent back to a lower court a challenge to the University of Texas' policy of taking race into account in filling places in the freshman class left over after it admitted students who finished in the top 10% of their high school class. For now, affirmative action at state universities hangs on -- as it should. It doesn't offend the Constitution to allow universities to take steps to ensure a modicum of racial diversity in their classrooms.
Above: Supporters of affirmative action demonstrate outside the Supreme Court.
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