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The picture of who will be the Louisiana Supreme Court's next chief justice may be muddy, but one aspect is perfectly clear: When it comes to the public portion of the fight, Justice Bernette Johnson is winning. Although it's strictly an administrative issue, Johnson's quest to become the state's first African-American chief jurist has taken on the air of a full-throated, mission-driven and confident political campaign waged under the banner of the civil rights movement.
(Reuters) - A judge in the election battleground state of Pennsylvania on Wednesday rejected an effort to block the state's voter identification law, which civil rights groups argued discriminates against minority voters.
The Obama administration on Monday joined a long list of higher-education associations, civil-rights groups, and other organizations in urging the U.S. Supreme Court to uphold race-conscious admission policies in a case involving the University of Texas at Austin.
NAACP Legal Defense Fund Files an Amicus Brief in Support of Justice Bernette Johnson’s Contested Ascent to Chief Justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court8/14/12Related Case or Issue:
Justice Johnson Would be the Court’s First African-American Chief Justice
New York, New York—The NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, Inc. (LDF) filed a friend of the court brief in Chisom v. Jindal, in support of claims that Justice Bernette Johnson is next in line to succeed the current chief justice of the Louisiana Supreme Court, becoming the first African-American chief justice.
On Oct. 10, the justices will hear arguments in Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin, in which a rejected white applicant to the school challenges the admissions practices, which include race as a factor.
It will be the first time since a 2003 case involving the University of Michigan that the high court will take up the issue. In that case, the Supreme Court said the school did not violate the Constitution's equal protection provision by using race in its admissions decisions.