The Supreme Court decided today in a 5-4 decision that the white firefighters in New Haven, CT were unfairly denied promotions based on their race, a decision endorsed by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor as an appeals court judge.
The four liberal justices dissented in order to cover Sotomayor's ass, and Senator Patrick Leahy, chairman of the Judiciary Committee (he'll be presiding over Sotomayor's confirmation hearings), is coming to the rescue as well. He said she should not be criticized for the unsigned appeals court decision (which he asserts she did not write) and added, "Judge Sotomayor and the lower court panel did what judges are supposed to do, they followed precedent." Reverse racism is precedent? That's pretty sad.
This isn't a case about equal opportunity employment. It's about equal opportunity result. No one was offered a promotion because the result would not have been 5 whites, 5 blacks, and 5 Hispanics.
Justice won today.
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