Supreme Court may weaken housing bias cases
WASHINGTON, D.C. - The Supreme Court could knock out a decades-old strategy for fighting housing discrimination, a move that would make it tougher for people to win lawsuits claiming housing policies are biased.
The justices hear arguments Wednesday over whether housing or lending practices that have a negative impact on minorities can be considered illegal, even with no proof of intent to discriminate.
Civil rights groups say they believe the court's conservative justices are eager to quash the use of so-called "disparate impact" lawsuits that focus on the effect - and not the intent - of a policy.
The case involves an appeal from Texas officials accused of awarding federal tax credits in a way that steered low-income housing to mostly black neighborhoods and generally kept them out of white areas.