Law: A Controversial Quartet

The court tackles tenure, sex, housing and criminal law

When the University of Pennsylvania denied tenure to Rosalie Tung in 1985, the Chinese-American business professor decided to put up a fight. Charging discrimination on the basis of sex and race, Tung asked the federal Equal Employment Opportunity Commission to investigate. But the university turned down the agency's request to see the peer-review letters that contained evaluations of Tung's performance by her colleagues. Last week the U.S. Supreme Court bluntly told the university to hand over the documents. The decision was one of a quartet of major rulings from the high bench, which also touched on pornography, housing discrimination and criminal...