Cognitive Dissonance

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Oral arguments from Fisher v. UT today.


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Oh my GOD, this is beautiful.

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: So what are you telling us is the standard of critical mass? At what point does a district court or a university know that it doesn’t have to do any more to equalize the desegregation that has happened in that particular State over decades, that it’s now going to be stuck at a fixed number and it has to change its rules. What’s that fixed number?

MR. REIN: We — it’s not our burden to establish the number. It was the burden of the University of Texas to determine whether-

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Well, they told — they told the district court. They took a study of students. They analyzed the composition of their classes, and they determined in their educational judgment that greater diversity, just as we said in Grutter, is a goal of their educational program, and one that includes diversifying classes. So what more proof do you require?

MR. REIN: Well, if you are allowed to state all the grounds that need to be proved, you will always prove them, in all fairness, Justice Sotomayor. The question is, they have-­

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: Well, but given it was in the evidence, what more do you think they needed? I think I hear all you saying in your brief is the number’s fixed now, they got enough, no more is necessary.

MR. REIN: What we’re saying in the brief was they were generating in fact a very substantial number of minority presence on campus.

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: That’s enough now.

MR. REIN: And-­

JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR: That’s what you’re saying.

YES! SCOTUS nerdery!

And in breaking news, Scalia is still a dick.

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