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Race preferences, for now

Law | Appeals court upholds university's admissions policy but not "in perpetuity"
by Lauren Sneed
Posted 1/28/11, 07:27 am

In 2005, the University of Texas in Austin began using race and ethnicity as one factor-"a special circumstance"-in considering undergraduate applicants. Two white female applicants, Abigail Fisher and Rachel Michalewicz, who were denied enrollment in 2008 filed suit claiming UT's consideration of race in its admissions criteria is unconstitutional.

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Choice denied

Law | Appeals court rejects lawsuit from a pro-life nurse forced to assist an abortion
by Lauren Sneed
Posted 12/30/10, 05:45 am

Catherina Cenzon-DeCarlo is an operating room nurse at Mount Sinai Hospital in New York City. When the hospital hired her in 2004 she signed a form indicating her unwillingness to assist in abortions. She alleges that the hospital caused her severe emotional harm by forcing her on May 24, 2009, to assist in a late-term abortion. After she filed a grievance with the hospital, her supervisors allegedly tried to coerce her to sign a form indicating future willingness to assist in emergency abortions.

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Plates protected

Law | Appeals court overturns rejection of religious vanity plates in Vermont
by Lauren Sneed
Posted 11/05/10, 04:32 am

In 2004, Vermont resident John Byrne applied for a vanity plate with the state's motor vehicle department. The proposed plate read "JN36TN," referencing John 3:16 from the Bible. Section 304(d)(4) of title 23 of the Vermont Statutes prohibits any vanity license plate that refers, "in any language, to a . . . religion" or "deity." Officials denied Byrne's application.

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