Michigan Attorney General asks U.S. Supreme Court to decide affirmative action ban

Nov 30, 2012

State Attorney General Bill Schuette is asking the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold Michigan’s ban on affirmative action.

Schuette filed to submit the case to the land’s highest court Thursday.

Last month, a lower court threw out a voter-approved state ban on affirmative action.

Joy Yearout is a spokesperson for the attorney general.

“If you think about it, in this case, the 6th Circuit basically said when Michigan voters chose to ban discrimination, that that actually was discriminatory. And it doesn’t make any sense, and we expect the Supreme Court to reverse it,” Yearout said.

Almost a decade ago, the Supreme Court upheld an affirmative action system used by the University of Michigan’s graduate program.

But it threw out one used for undergraduate admissions, which awarded extra points for some minority applicants.

The high court could choose to take the case or let the lower court’s decision stand.