Posted at 10:48 a.m., Monday, April 16, 2007
No ruling today on Kamehameha Schools case
By KEN KOBAYASHI
Advertiser Courts Writer
The next time the court will decide whether to accept or reject the case may be a week from now, according to Eric Grant, the Sacramento lawyer representing and unnamed non-Hawaiian teenager and his mother who filed a lawsuit contending the policy violates federal civil rights law.
Today was the earliest that the court would have issued a ruling on the case because it had indicated it had received all the legal briefs for its conference on Friday.
Grant said the court this morning issued a list of about 200 to 300 cases that it was rejecting for consideration, but the Kamehameha Schools case was not one of them. He said none of the cases was accepted.
Grant said he did not see any significance in the court not issuing ruling in the Kamehameha Schools case.
Ann Botticelli, Kamehameha Schools spokeswoman, said this morning the schools believe it filed a strong opposition against the court taking the case, but will just have to wait for the decision.
Grant is asking the high court to review an 8-7 decision by the 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals last year that found the school policy did not violate the federal civil rights law.
The high court has the discretion of accepting or rejecting any requests to review appeals. It grants only a small fraction of the requests. Four of the nine justices must agree to hear the case before the court accepts it.