That ripping sound you heard from the Maryland Avenue NE home of the Supreme Court this morning was of a Court bitterly divided. Its 5-4 decision striking down diversity programs in public schools is being hailed by conservatives as a White House promise fulfilled, and derided by liberals as an unconscionable act.
Says Ralph Neas of the left-leaning People For the American Way: "Under the leadership of President Bush’s new justices, the Supreme Court is turning its back on the promise of Brown vs. Board of Education. We knew that the confirmation of Chief Justice Roberts and of Justice Alito would be a setback for civil rights, but it’s painful to watch years of progress undone so recklessly.” Roberts wrote the majority opinion.
Our Supreme Court correspondent Tony Mauro will have a full report on the decision later today at legaltimes.com.