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Groups can’t intervene in affirmative action suit December 29, 2006

Posted by C.A.R.D in affirmative action, Card, Discriminate, Discrimination, Racism, Racist.

A federal judge on Wednesday rejected bids by two groups opposed to affirmative action to intervene in a lawsuit challenging the constitutionality of Michigan’s new ban on race and gender preferences.

The Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action, Integration and Immigration Rights and Fight for Equality by Any Means Necessary is suing the governor and state universities in an attempt to stop the affirmative action ban from being implemented.

U.S. District Judge David M. Lawson on Wednesday denied requests from Jennifer Gratz’s Michigan Civil Rights Initiative Committee and Ward Connerly’s American Civil Rights Foundation to intervene in the case.

The Michigan Civil Rights Initiative, Proposal 2, bans the use of race and gender preferences in government hiring and contracting and in university admissions.

It was to take effect Dec. 23, but Lawson has given major public universities an extra six months to comply under an agreement reached between parties involved in the case. That decision has been appealed to the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

“We’re disappointed in the ruling,” said Alan Foutz, a lawyer for the Gratz and Connerly groups.

One reason Lawson gave for denying intervenor status to the groups is the fact Attorney General Mike Cox, who has pledged to defend Proposal 2, is an intervenor defendant in the case.

Lawson did grant intervenor status to Eric Russell, a white student seeking admission to the University of Michigan.

C.a.r.d {Citizens Against Racism and Discrimination} Source: Detnews.com

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