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Supreme Court reverses Sotomayor case

The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race.

The case has received special attention because Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was part of an appellate panel that issued the ruling that was today overturned.

Legal experts say the 5-to-4 High Court ruling could alter employment practices across the country and make it harder to prove discrimination.

Sotomayor on taxes: Capitol Hill is obviously paying close attention to all of Sotomayor's prior rulings, not just the high-profile ones.

Those in the tax world, however, don't have a lot to examine.

"Sotomayor has not written extensively in the area of taxation," notes the Congressional Research Service (CRS), "and it is not possible to draw conclusions about her judicial philosophy from the tax cases in which she has been involved."

That difficulty notwithstanding, CRS has released Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Analysis of Selected Opinions, which includes a section on her tax-relevant rulings.

I know all you fellow tax geeks will want to examine the CRS analysis carefully at your own pace, so I won't spoil that thrill by repeating its contents here. Enjoy!

And we'll have to wait and see if any tax-related questions come up during Sotomayor's confirmation hearings later this summer.


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I have to say, I'm glad this was reversed. I feel if you are going to give a test, then you go with the top scorers. If they are all white oh well. If they are all minorities, then all minorities get the spots. It seems to be blatent reverse discrimination that has been allowed to go on for years. It needs to be a level playing field, not tilted in one way or the other. None of this 25% of promotions have to be minoroty (even if they didn't do well on the test). Why give them the spots for free. They need to earn it like anyone else would have to. They can get study guides and put in time like any other person who is trying to improve themselves. Nobody should get a job based on race. It needs to be the most qualifed candidate regardless of race, sex or any other factor. If you hire or promote by a test, then the top scorers get the positions right down from the top.


For american people this is great judgement.

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