MI Supreme Court Allows Anti-Affirmative Action Ballot Measure
The Michigan Supreme Court decided last week that it would allow an anti-affirmative action proposal on the November ballot, despite allegations that many of the signatures were gathered using deception. According to the Detroit News, hundreds of people who signed the petitions were told that the measure was in support of affirmative action. In reality, the petition proposes an amendment to the state constitution that would ban preferential treatment on the basis of race, gender, color, ethnicity, and national origin that aims to correct the historical oppressions that some groups have experienced.
In the court's majority decision, Justice Stephen Markman wrote that a citizen is responsible for his or her own actions and that one "cannot blame others when he signs a petition without knowing what it says," according to the Detroit News. An investigation into the validity of each signature would require "endless litigation," Markman added.
Media Resources: The Detroit News 7/17/06, 7/14/06
11/21/2014 Fifth Circuit Court Refuses to Reconsider Ruling Blocking Mississippi TRAP Law - The full US Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit on Thursday refused to reconsider a panel decision blocking enforcement of a Mississippi law that threatened to close the last remaining abortion clinic in the state.
In July, a panel of the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals upheld a preliminary injunction against a Mississippi TRAP (Targeted Regulation of Abortion Providers) law requiring abortion providers to obtain admitting privileges at local hospitals. . . .