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Smith: Supreme Court Decision Upholds Equal Rights For All


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Smith: Supreme Court Decision Upholds Equal Rights for All

House Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Lamar Smith (R-Texas) issued the following statement regarding the Supreme Court's decision in Ricci v. Destefano. In a 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court found that local governments cannot deny an individual a promotion solely based on race. Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor was on the 2nd Circuit Court of appeals panel that found in favor of the local government.

Ranking Member Smith: "I applaud the Supreme Court's decision to uphold equal rights for all and to strike down government decisions based on race. Unlike the Second Circuit's decision where a panel of judges issued a short paragraph affirming the lower court's ruling, the Supreme Court's decision shows a thorough and careful examination of the law.

"No individual should be denied a promotion simply based on the color of their skin. The Second Circuit wrongly upheld a decision that supports discrimination by the government. The Supreme Court today reminded all courts and governments that equal justice under the law means refusing to tip the scale in favor of one race over another.

"The Senate Judiciary Committee should carefully examine Judge Sotomayor's role in the Second Circuit's opinion on this case. Discrimination and racial preferences have no place in our courts, let alone on the highest court in the land."

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