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PoliticsTexas Attorney General Ken Paxton told the Supreme Court on Tuesday that the justices got it wrong in 2016 when they upheld the University of Texas’ affirmative action practices, as state officials are now backing a lawsuit against Harvard’s use of race in admissions.

“(T)his Court permitted the University’s administrators to deny Fisher the Constitution’s promise of racial equality in favor of the administrators’ subjective views of racial equity,” Paxton said.

Those challenging Harvard say a milestone 2003 ruling in a University of Michigan affirmative-action case, Grutter v. Bollinger, should be struck down.

When the Supreme Court in 2016 rebuffed arguments from Fisher in favor of the University of Texas at Austin, it relied on that 2003 precedent.

When lower US court judges sided with Harvard, they rejected the assertions of bias, including the claim that Asian-American applicants are stereotyped and penalized.

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