Sotomayor is overruled as white firefighters win their case in the U.S. Supreme Court In a 5-4 decisions the United States Supreme Court sided with white firefighters in their claim of discrimination against the mayor of New Haven. The decision has large legal and political implications as the claim relates closely to the hotly debated issue of affirmative action in the workplace. Expect republicans to praise the result of the decision while warning that judges like Sonia Sotomayor would lead to a different result in the future. In fact, the Supreme Court's decision reverses a decision made by Sotomayor while she sat on the Court of Appeals. The decision is certainly one of Sotomayor's more controversial decisions though the fact this was a 5-4 decision proves the issue is far from settled even among the best legal minds. It remains to be proven if Sotomayor's place on the Supreme Court bench would have led to a different decision. In her Senate hearings Sotomayor will surely be questioned on the court case and asked if she will uphold the Supreme Court's decision as precedent should another case of that magnitude come forward. Sotomayor's most shrewd move would be to follow the advice of former nominees who have declined to comment on individual cases and said they would rule on each case based on its particular set of facts. If instead she says she would not uphold the decision she will sound like a judicial activists who has no respect for precedent. On the other hand if she says she would uphold the decision she will sound like flip-flopper who does not respect her own judicial opinions. The case involved a test administered to firefighters in the town of New Haven, Connecticut. The results of the test were to be used in promoting firefighters within the department. The controversy arose when some white firefighters scored better on the test overall in comparison to minority firefighters. The town really had no way to win at that point in that if they kept the results they surely faced a lawsuit from minority groups while if they threw out the results white firefighters would sue. The town threw out the results of the test choosing to be labeled discriminatory by white firefighters rather than minority firefighters. The Supreme Court ruled that the city violated the constitution in throwing out the results. It is important to note that in their decision the Supreme Court did not say that a city may never be able to favor one race through affirmative action. The Supreme Court still left open the possibility that a town like New Haven could favor minorities IF it could prove that the affirmative action measures were designed to remedy past discrimination. In this case, however, the Court ruled that the town did not prove that the measures taken were necessary to remedy past discrimination. In addition, the court ruled that the city's fear of lawsuits from minorities could not justify doing away with the test results. A full copy of the court 93 page long can be found here. ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ Sotomayor is overuled: Affirmative Action gets a Black Eye! This racist judge Sotomayor thinks that the minorities should get the job regardless of test scores. Why doesn't this idiot and the most of the blacks, (ok...African American) listen to Martin Luther King? What's up with these minorities wanting to get in front of the line because they are minorities? Do they not believe in fairness? Do they not believe in the rule of law? I guess not. It's obvious that Sotomayor is a racist. Not only because of her cases being overturned but the comments that she's made in the past. It is obvious that Obama is the same racist by pushing her through to the Supremes.