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Reverse Discrimination / Supreme Court / Administration Brief #50369

ABC Evening News for Monday, Sep 19, 1977
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(DC) 1 of most important Supreme Court cases to come up this year is Bakke vs. California, involving claim of Allan Bakke that he was unconstitutionally denied permission to medical school because of reverse discrimination. Justice Department lays out its position in case.
REPORTER: Frank Reynolds

(DC) In order to give minorities chance at medical school, University of California at Davis had program to allow 16 of 100 annual acceptances to go to minorities. In 1974, state supreme court declared this unconstitutional, saying race should have nothing to do with it. In brief filed with US Supreme Court today, Carter administration disagrees. [Attorney General BELL - says affirmative action programs needed to correct discrimination of past, but not to be permanent system.] Last week, administration opposed specific California school program, but pressure was brought by Congress Black Caucus, which is pleased with brief. [Caucus chairperson Parren MITCHELL - says direction of brief and conclusions reached are consonant with those sought by group.] Admin. brief notes such programs could unconstitutionally discriminate against whites. Admin. doesn't say whether California school's program was tailored to remedy past discrimination or if Allan Bakke should be allowed in medical school, only that California supreme court wrong in saying race shouldn't be factor.

O'Brien, Tim;
Reynolds, Frank

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