In an unexpected move, the Department of Justice (DOJ) gave notice to a federal court on Feb. 3 that it is dropping a discrimination lawsuit it filed only a few months ago. In a two-sentence notice, DOJ described its decision as a “voluntary dismissal” of the litigation it filed in October 2020 following a two-year investigation. A DOJ spokesman who asked not to be named told The Epoch Times the decision to withdraw the suit was based on a November 2020 federal court decision that rejected a challenge of Harvard’s admissions policies. “The department has dismissed its lawsuit in light of all available facts, circumstances, and legal developments, including the November 2020 decision by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 1st Circuit rejecting a challenge to Harvard University’s consideration of race in its admissions practices,” the spokesman said.
“The department has also withdrawn its notice letter finding that Yale’s practices violate Title VI. The department will further review this matter through its administrative process. The lawsuit was dismissed without prejudice, meaning that neither the United States nor the court has made any final determination in this matter. The department’s underlying investigation to ensure Title VI compliance is ongoing.”
The fact the October 2020 determination of discrimination letter was also withdrawn by DOJ suggests there is little possibility in the near future of further action, either in the court system or through DOJ administrative channels. Read more…