In a historic final day of the Supreme Court term Thursday, the justices by a 5-4 vote struck down two plans that used race as a factor in public school assignments. The decision represented a major doctrinal shift that can be traced to the Court's new members, Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. and Justice Samuel Alito Jr. The majority opinion prompted Justice Stephen Breyer to read aloud from his angry 77-page dissent, in which he called the ruling one "the Court and the nation will come to regret."
Ending Term, High Court Strikes Down Race-Based School Programs
June 28, 2007