Judge Sets Timetable In Affirmative Action Case

AP, March 21, 2007

A federal judge said Wednesday he will hear arguments in September in a lawsuit that challenges the constitutionality of an anti-affirmative action measure approved by Michigan voters last year.

U.S. District Judge David Lawson will hear arguments Sept. 21 on whether the suit should be dismissed, said George Washington, an attorney for By Any Means Necessary, which is fighting the new law along with the American Civil Liberties Union of Michigan and the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People.

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Lawson will hold another hearing May 7 related to giving the suit class-action status.

The measure, known as Proposal 2, bans the use of race and gender preferences in public university admissions and government hiring and contracting.

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