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Court Decides In Favor Of White Firefighters In Ricci Ruling

The U.S. Supreme Court ruled this morning that the city of New Haven, Conn., unfairly denied promotions to white firefighters because of their race.

The 5-4 ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano overturns a decision by a three-judge panel from the U.S. Court of Appeals, 2nd Circuit, a panel that included Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor.

Voting in the majority were Justices Anthony Kennedy, Samuel Alito, Antonin Scalia, Clarence Thomas and Chief Justice John Roberts.

Voting in the minority were Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, David Souter and John Paul Stevens. Souter is retiring after this session, and Sotomayor has been nominated to replace him.

Kennedy wrote the majority opinion and Ginsburg wrote the minority opinion.

The entire decision can be found here.

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