In a dramatic ending before its summer recess, the Supreme Court on Monday ruled, 5-4, that the city of New Haven, Conn., violated the civil rights of white and Hispanic firefighters when it tossed out the results of a promotion exam after no African-Americans passed it. The ruling had a quick, if uncertain, impact on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who was part of the 2nd Circuit panel that upheld New Haven's action. The Court also bade farewell to Justice David Souter on his final day on the bench.
Justices Rule in Firefighters Bias Case, Bid Farewell to Souter
The National Law Journal
June 30, 2009