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US Supreme Court rules on affirmative action

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The US Supreme Court finally made a ruling on a high profile affirmative action case out of Austin. Now, both sides are now calling that high court ruling a victory for their side.

After eight months of hearing arguments from both sides the highest court in the land has passed a landmark case back down to a lower court.

Abigail Fisher who graduated in the top 12% of her high school class claims she wasn't admitted into the university ion 2008 because she's white.

Fisher was handpicked by project for fair representation to challenge race-based admissions in court.

Fisher, who's since graduated from Louisiana State University, says she's happy the lower court will take another look at her case.

"I'm very honored. We've got more work to do but I'm looking forward to the next steps in this process. Of course we're happy with it but, you know they gave us everything that we asked for and I'm very confident that UT won't be able to use race in the future.

Earlier today, the justices voted seven-to-one to send the case back to the fifth circuit of appeals to take a harder look in determining if the university policy is fair.

UT Austin President Bill Powers says today's ruling will have no affect on the school's admission policies.

"We are very pleased with today's supreme court ruling in this case, we are particularly heartened that the framework laid out by the Gruber case remains in place. Not just for the University of Texas at Austin, but for higher education institutions throughout the united states."

Powers says the school will continue to defend its use of race as factor in some admissions and remains committed to diversity. He says the school's policy follows standards already set by the high court 10 years ago under the state's Top Ten Percent Law.

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