Monday, September 11, 2006

Appeals court denies injunction over affirmative action proposal

Looks like BAMN should stop working on the courts and start working on turning out the vote.

DETROIT (AP) — A federal appeals court on Monday refused to grant an injunction to keep an anti-affirmative action proposal off the Michigan ballot.

Opponents of the Michigan Civil Rights Initiative had asked the 6th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for an injunction to keep the measure off the Nov. 7 ballot while it appeals the ruling of U.S. District Judge Arthur Tarnow.

Tarnow ruled last month that the proposal could go forward. He agreed with opponents that the measure's backers misled voters in its petition campaign. However, he said the opponents failed to prove that the federal Voting Rights Act had been violated, and, thus, he could not stop the ballot initiative.

In Monday's order, a three-judge panel said the plaintiffs "failed to demonstrate sufficient likelihood of success on the merits of their claims" for an injunction to be granted.

Listen to this from the supporters-

"CIR is pleased the court declined to be part of an orchestrated smear campaign mounted by radical opponents of MCRI," he said in a statement. "The citizens of Michigan can now proceed to vote on the issue of racial preferences this November."

The previous court agreed that they committed FRAUD, and that somehow becomes a "smear campaign" by "radicals".

Sounds like Republican-speak to me.