On the Bench

Supreme Court Overturns Sotomayor

Expect to hear about this at Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings: The Supreme Court has ruled in favor of a group of white firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, who claimed they were denied promotions because of their race. The court ruled 5-4 that New Haven was wrong to throw out a promotion exam because no African Americans and only two Hispanics were able to earn promotions from it. Sonia Sotomayor, in a lower court decision, had ruled in favor of the city.