Michigan affirmative action redux, it’s different, I promise

This story was reported last week, but the Michigan Daily grabbed a copy of the briefs and included the plaintiffs’ arguments that they should be excluded from Proposal 2, Michigan’s anti-affirmative action statute.

The main plaintiffs in the case are the state of Michigan, University of Michigan, Michigan State University and Wayne State University.

In a brief written to the 6th Circuit Court, the universities stated that they wished to be removed from the lawsuit.

“Simply put, the universities do not belong in the case,” the brief reads. “The universities did not draft Proposal 2. They did not pass Proposal 2. They cannot change Proposal 2. They are not executive branch agencies charged with enforcing Proposal 2.”

I’m not a constitutional scholar by any stretch of the imagination, but this seems a lot like arguing with a police officer that you didn’t draft speed limit ordinances, didn’t pass them and can’t change them, so you shouldn’t have to abide by them.

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