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-- the Supreme Court today overturned one of the most high profile decisions from president Obama's pick as -- the court's next member.
The justice is currently on the bench reversed Sonia sotomayor's ruling in a major affirmative action case correspondent Shannon Breen tells us what the justices said.
And what it means for Sotomayor.
If you work hard you can succeed in America.
I think here's the so called new patent wanna a group of nineteen white and one Hispanic firefighters from Connecticut.
Has been battling to have the promotions -- scenes in which they scored the top -- certified so that they can be promoted.
The city saying -- lawsuits by the minority candidates who did not test well had refused to do so.
Today in a 54 opinion authored by justice Anthony Kennedy the Supreme Court held quote.
Fear of litigation alone cannot just by the city's reliance on race to the detriment of individuals who passed the examinations and qualified for promotions.
No matter what your race -- What -- ethnicity -- gender where your grandparents came from every one has to be treated with dignity respect and have their individual achievements honored and I think this decision today.
Goes a long way towards towards restoring that -- in this country.
But New Haven mayor John di Stefano disagreed expressing concern for minority firefighters who did not score well.
The same time I have no doubt -- firefighters.
-- -- -- Every test in your life set up so that day.
That they fail.
Republicans will ensure that this case figures prominently in the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor because she was on the second circuit panel that ruled against the white firefighters.
The pundits disagree about just how much of an impact today's opinion will have.
It was phenomenal -- laying the -- Completely repudiated the second circuit's decision.
And I think stands as a stunning.
Repudiation as well of judge sotomayor's.
Decision in that case.
I think Judge Sotomayor.
Is well within the bounds of the laws that exist at that time she and other judges ruled on this case.
Today's opinion almost immediately teed up a showdown on the Senate Judiciary Committee in one corner the ranking Republican senator Jeff Sessions he said today's opinion was a rebuke to Sotomayor.
Well senate Judiciary Chairman democratic senator Patrick Leahy said it's wrong to use the case as a means of criticizing Sotomayor even the White House weighed again.
There's little political significance through whatever the court decided today in terms of Judge Sotomayor.
Except to render.
I think a fairly definitive dependent opinion that she follows judicial precedent and -- she doesn't.
Legislate from the bench.
And today the courts at the unusual step of the -- to rehear a case that's already been argued and second date for September night.
Now Democrats have already been arguing for swift confirmation process are pegging to that date saying.
It -- there theory there should be no delays in these hearings that Sotomayor should be confirmed and on the bags ready to hear that cases with all the other justices when it comes before the court in September.
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