The Supreme Court will be handing down the last decisions of the term today. The most noteworthy is Ricci v. DeStefano, the case in which a white firefighter sued the city of New Haven when the city threw out a promotion exam because there were not enough minority candidates among the top scorers. And oh, by the way, one of the three appellate court judges was Sonia Sotomayor. [changed from: the appellate court judge was -- thank you, oldswede for the clarification]
I'll have analysis of the decision later today, but want to refer you to a terrific analysis of the case, the history of the promotion exam in New Haven, and other important background info from Slate, written by Emily Bazelon and Nicole Allen. Check out all 4 parts.