High court accepts case over use of race in college admissions

By Bill Mears, CNN Supreme Court Producer

The Supreme Court has agreed to take up a case on the University of Texas' race-conscious admission policies.
Washington (CNN) -- The Supreme Court agreed Tuesday to tackle another election-year blockbuster and will decide whether the University of Texas' race-conscious admission policies violate the rights of white applicants.
    If health care reform, illegal immigration crackdowns, voting rights and TV indecency were not enough, now the nine-member bench is poised to add to its high-profile docket, wading into the divisive, sea-change issue of state-mandated racial diversity and affirmative action. Oral arguments would be held this fall, ensuring the court -- however it decides the appeal -- will be a major campaign issue. A ruling however will not likely be issued until early 2013.