Nation: How the Justices Disagreed

Highlights of the Supreme Court opinions:

Justice Powell, for the majority:

The guarantees of the Fourteenth Amendment [are] explicit: "No state ... shall deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws." The guarantee of equal protection cannot mean one thing when applied to one individual and something else when applied to a person of another color. If both are not accorded the same protection, then it is not equal,.. Petitioner [the University of California] urges us to adopt for the first time a more restrictive view of the Equal...

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