Fisher v. University of Texas at Austin was one of the first cases argued this term and one of the very last cases decided. In the end, the Court's decision was thin gruel. What took so long? SCOTUSblog's live bloggers got the question, and Tejinder Singh gave an interesting answer, especially for those wondering what happens next:
From Tejinder [Singh]: There will be speculation about this for some time, but my guess is that the decision was rewritten at least once. The opinion is very brief, given how long it took. And I think one reason for that is that there was originally a much more ambitious opinion, but it failed to garner sufficient consensus, or maybe Justice Kennedy didn't like where he ended up with it. So I'm going to guess that it got rewritten. As I said, this is just my speculation, and we'll have lots more informed commentary, but I think it's a pretty safe bet that the scope of this opinion has changed substantially since it was first drafted.