CBS Evening News for Wednesday, Oct 10, 2012
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(Supreme Court: Wyatt Andrews) The Supreme Court case challenging the affirmative action ruling that race may be used as a factor in granting college admission examined; details given about admissions policies at the University of Texas; Justice Sandra Day O'Connor’s 2003 opinion quoted; courtroom sketches by William Hennessy shown with remarks from Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Sonia Sotomayor quoted. [Plaintiff Abigail FISHER- says she hopes the court rules that race and ethnicity should not be used.] [University lawyer Greg GARRE, Fisher’s lawyer Bert REIN- state their clients’ positions.]
(Los Angeles: Scott Pelley) Statistics on the enrollment at the University of Texas at Austin by race cited.
(Dallas: Anna Werner) Views of the admissions policies at the University of Texas featured; details given about Heman Sweatt, whose great-uncle went to court to become the first African American in the university’s law school in 1950. [SWEATT – says hopefully there will be a point when there is no need for affirmative action.] [University president Bill POWERS- notes if race was left out we would not have the necessary diversity.] [Students Cheyenne MATTHEWS-HOFFMAN, Angus McLEOD, Katelyn WILLIAMS- express views.]
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