Cox intervening in Proposal 2 case

John O'Brien Jan. 8, 2007, 10:11pm


LANSING, Mich. - Michigan Attorney General Mike Cox announced Thursday he will intervene on behalf of the plaintiffs who filed a lawsuit against the University of Michigan in an attempt to force the school to comply with a recently passed law.

Proposal 2 banned affirmative action in Michigan, and colleges have said that they will not be able to comply with the change. An injunction gave the schools six months, but it was overturned in a federal appeals court on Dec. 13.

The suit in which Cox will intervene was filed against the University of Michigan. Plaintiffs seek a declaratory judgment and class status.

Cox says recent media reports indicate that the school has the ability to comply with Proposal 2.

He hopes for judgment "declaring that Section 26 (Proposal 2) applies to the University of Michigan's current admissions and financial decisions and that they have no legal excuse to avoid complying with it immediately; declaring that Section 2 precludes consideration of race, sex, ethnicity; national origin and color in making any admissions or financial aid decisions at the University of Michigan and; enjoining Defendants from employing any policy, procedure or system of admissions or financial aid that is based in any way on an applicant's race, color, ethnicity or national origin."

The law passed in a 58-42-percent vote.

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