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Sotomayor's secret files: What don't the Democrats want us to see?
Washington Times ^ | Friday, July 10, 2009 | Editorial

Posted on 07/09/2009 9:49:57 PM PDT by JohnRLott

We wonder what Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has to hide. Her confirmation hearing starts Monday, but the White House refuses to turn over boxes of documents for review about her past. Republican senators requested board meeting minutes of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, where Ms. Sotomayor served on the board of directors from 1980 to 1992. White House Counsel Greg Craig contends that all documents deemed "responsive" already were sent to the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Contrary to White House dodging, these board meetings may be important in evaluating Ms. Sotomayor's legal and policy reasoning because the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund was involved in a wide range of controversial legal cases. For instance, the fund fought to abolish the death penalty. It pushed discrimination cases very similar to the New Haven firefighter case in which Ms. Sotomayor's quota reasoning was unanimously quashed by the Supreme Court.

The organization publicly defended members of a violent Puerto Rican terrorist group, . . . .

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Business/Economy; Editorial; Government
KEYWORDS: 111th; bhojudicialnominees; faln; obama; obamasecrets; prldef; ricci; soniasotomayor; sotomayor; washingtontimes

1 posted on 07/09/2009 9:49:57 PM PDT by JohnRLott
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To: JohnRLott

can’t they hold off the hearings for a few days with a procedural committee move or if all the Republicans stick together.


2 posted on 07/09/2009 9:56:19 PM PDT by Steelers6
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To: JohnRLott

If I were on the committee, I would say, “Turn over the boxes of documents, or it’s an automatic ‘No’ to her confirmation.” Do the Republicans have enough votes to stop this? Would Arlen Specter vote “no”?


3 posted on 07/09/2009 9:57:19 PM PDT by Humal
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To: Humal

When does our side EVER demand to see the dirt? EVER? I’m so sick of this shit, and I’m taking careful notes.


4 posted on 07/09/2009 10:03:04 PM PDT by raptor29
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To: JohnRLott
“Sotomayor’s secret files: What don't the Democrats want us to see?”

There is plenty the democrats don't want you to see.

The president from the “GOD DAMN AMERICA!” church is trying to get this America hating woman on the SCOTUS.

5 posted on 07/09/2009 10:28:13 PM PDT by Berlin_Freeper (...and never forget that!)
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To: Humal
For her nomination to get out of the Senate Judiciary Committee one, just one, of these Republicans has to vote for her.

Senate Judiciary Committee rules state that one member of the minority party has to vote for the nominee. It does not matter if every DemoRat member votes for her it would take one of the guys below to also vote for her.

Jeff Sessions
Ranking Member
R-Alabama

Orrin G. Hatch
R-Utah

Charles E. Grassley
R-Iowa

Jon Kyl
R-Arizona

Lindsey Graham
R-South Carolina

John Cornyn
R-Texas

Tom Coburn
R-Oklahoma

6 posted on 07/09/2009 10:36:18 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JohnRLott

another example of transparency?


7 posted on 07/09/2009 11:13:06 PM PDT by LiteKeeper (When do the impeachment proceedings begin?)
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To: Berlin_Freeper
The president from the “GOD DAMN AMERICA!” church

Huh, I didn't know Obama went to Westboro Baptist.

8 posted on 07/09/2009 11:39:01 PM PDT by HiTech RedNeck (Think of the D Party as what it really is: a criminal organization masquerading as a political party)
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To: AdmSmith; Berosus; bigheadfred; Convert from ECUSA; dervish; Ernest_at_the_Beach; Fred Nerks; ...
...the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund was involved in a wide range of controversial legal cases. For instance, the fund fought to abolish the death penalty. It pushed discrimination cases very similar to the New Haven firefighter case in which Ms. Sotomayor's quota reasoning was unanimously quashed by the Supreme Court. The organization publicly defended members of a violent Puerto Rican terrorist group...

9 posted on 07/10/2009 6:13:41 AM PDT by SunkenCiv (https://secure.freerepublic.com/donate/__Since Jan 3, 2004__Profile updated Monday, January 12, 2009)
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To: JohnRLott
'We wonder what Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has to hide'

Hell, what's already out there is enough to prove she should be rejected.

  1. "a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion that a white male who hasn't lived that life."

  2. "Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences, a possibility I abhor less or discount less than my colleague ... Judge Cedarbaum, our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging."

  3. "My experiences will affect the facts that I choose to see as a judge."

  4. "unless American courts are more open to discussing the ideas raised by foreign cases, and by international cases ... we are going to lose influence in the world."

  5. She also said judges rightly have looked to foreign authorities
    "to help us understand whether our understanding of our own constitutional rights fell into the mainstream of human thinking."

  6. "To the extent that we have freedom of ideas, international law and foreign law will be very important in the discussion of how to think about the unsettled issues in our legal system,"

  7. ..a book called "The International Judge," Judge Sotomayor wrote that judges should "all attempt to cobble together a culture of justice-seeking in a changed world."

  8. Sotomayor in the 1980s actively opposed conservative Robert H. Bork's nomination to the high court calling him a "threat" to the "civil rights of the Latino community."

  9. Sotomayor worked for PRLDEF in various capacities from 1980 until she became a federal judge in 1992... documents, which the group's lawyers have said include relevant information about Judge Sotomayor's time there, also show the fund did legal work for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN.

  10. For the fourth time in six cases, the Supreme Court of the United States has reversed a decision for which Judge Sonia Sotomayor voted on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals.

  11. (in) Didden v. Village of Port Chester, in which the Supreme Court openly rebuked the unanimous three-judge panel that included Judge Sotomayor for "an evident denial of the most elementary forms of procedural due process."

So not only should she be rejected, she should be impeached and sent packing back to Puerto Rico!

(all of the above from linked articles on Washington Times web pages)

10 posted on 07/10/2009 9:01:22 AM PDT by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: JohnRLott

It’s not just the Democrats not giving up documents, it’s the Casper the Friendly Ghost Republicans not wanting to see such documents, for they won’t be pretty.


11 posted on 07/10/2009 10:30:19 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Red_Devil 232

He may or may not have been voted “most likely to succeed” by his high school class, but on this list, I think Lindsey Graham could be voted “most likely to cave”, but others will jealously want the title too: Cornyn, Hatch, etc. Maybe even Kyl is trying to attract Hispanic votes in AZ.


12 posted on 07/10/2009 10:32:29 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Condor51

The American people don’t judge judges on their ability but on their race and “feelings”.


13 posted on 07/10/2009 10:33:27 AM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: Red_Devil 232
Orrin Hatch is probably going to be a problem, and quite possibly John Cornyn. Cornyn has become a big disappointment. He used to be quite conservative, but not any more.

If/When the nomination gets to the floor of the Senate, what are the chances of it being voted down there? Does it take a simple majority?

14 posted on 07/10/2009 12:09:28 PM PDT by Humal
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To: Humal
If it gets out of committee to the floor of the Senate then it is a done deal!
15 posted on 07/10/2009 1:11:33 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: JohnRLott

On the Supreme Court this woman will be a 35+ year nightmare.


16 posted on 07/10/2009 2:00:08 PM PDT by Jacquerie (I must study politics and war, that my sons may study mathematics and philosophy - John Adams)
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To: JohnRLott

It’s simple. Sotomayor’s file contains Obama’s birth certificate. :)


17 posted on 07/10/2009 2:03:26 PM PDT by Colonel_Flagg (You're either in or in the way.)
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To: Red_Devil 232

Hatch and Graham are the problem. Either one votes yes, its history.

This should be easy enough to hold up. Kyl MIGHT be a problem, but I doubt it.


18 posted on 07/10/2009 2:06:41 PM PDT by RinaseaofDs
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To: RinaseaofDs
I saw an interview of Jeff Sessions by Megan Kelly this morning and she asked him about if no Republican on the Judicial Committee voted for her then she would not be the nominee. Sessions said he did not know about that rule and if it was a rule it had not been applied in recent years.

WHAT?

19 posted on 07/10/2009 2:17:10 PM PDT by Red_Devil 232 (VietVet - USMC All Ready On The Right? All Ready On The Left? All Ready On The Firing Line!)
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To: Humal

Casper the Friendly Ghost Republican Cornyn is trying to out-Kay KBH, who is now trailing Perry in the gubernatorial polls. If she doesn’t catch up by November, she may not run for governor but stay in the Senate. That would really upset the Democrat John Sharp who is expected to succeed her if Republican voters sit at home on their laurels.


20 posted on 07/10/2009 5:31:34 PM PDT by Theodore R.
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To: JohnRLott; stephenjohnbanker; AuntB; raybbr; maggief
Republican senators requested board meeting minutes of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, where Sotomayor served on board of directors from 1980-1992. The organization publicly defended members of a violent Puerto Rican terrorist group---the FALN.

Did Soto have anything to do with Pres Clinton pardoning the FALN----violent Puerto Rican terrorists who bombed US installations?

Pardoned----so that then-Senate candidate Hillary could harvest the NY latino vote.

Soto identifies herself as Puerto Rican first, even though she was born in the USA.

There is nothing in the US Constitution that compels American citizens to seat a USSC justice based on ethnicity.

21 posted on 07/10/2009 5:34:51 PM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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Repubs should come out swinging and present a list of preeminently qualified Hispanic candidates. Soto's nomination shouldn’t even get out of Committee.

THE TIME IS NOW TO DEMAND OBO PULL THE SOTO NOM: Call Congress switchboard: 202-225-3121 (to reach Senate offices).

MESSAGE TO SENATORS: Americans are sending the word across the land: "Sotomayor's rulings shows she would make policy through the court. The US Constitution precludes judges from making laws. It is understandable that Americans are apprehensive: Sotomayor and her crowd are colluding to exert raw power over the majority---to turn the US into a failed Third World satrap. These racialists do not understand a sophisticated superpower----a democracy governed by the rule of law, based on three co-equal branches of government."

END MESSAGE Any Senator who votes to confirm Sotomayor risks his/her reelction chances.

ACTION Every senator should get 10-15,000 calls from Americans. America will thank Repubs (and others) for ditching this racialist nominee. Even with Dems in control, 10-15,000 calls could make a difference.....this is an issue that cuts across party lines. Ask Hillary who lost a primary b/c she endorsed licenses for illegals.

IS YOUR REPUBLICAN SENATOR A JUDIDCIARY COMMITTEE MEMBER? Jeff Sessions, Orrin G. Hatch,Charles E. Grassley, Jon Kyl Lindsey Graham,John Cornyn, Tom Coburn.

MESSAGE TO REPUB JUDIDCIARY COMMITTEE SENATORS: Republican members of the Judiciary Committee should utitilize Rule 1V (Rule IV states, “The Judiciary Chairman shall entertain a non-debatable motion to bring a matter before the Committee to a vote. If there is objection to bring the matter to a vote without further debate, a roll call vote of the Committee shall be taken, and debate shall be terminated if the motion to bring the matter to a vote without further debate passes with ten votes in the affirmative, one of which must be cast by the minority.”

Law professor Michael Dorf, law professor at Cornell University and a former clerk to Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy, explains that the Senate Judiciary Committee's Rule IV means that one member of the minority party must agree for a matter to be brought to a vote. Otherwise the matter will NOTt be voted on.

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FOR FUTURE REFERENCE Sotomayor and her crowd are clearly unprepared and ill-equipped to exist under US democracy----within a world-class superpower that operates under the rule of law.

Case after case clearly shows illiterate invaders, MS-13 gangs, and their savage cadres, are America-haters, invading the US to kill Americans (the brutal machete slaughter of three Black Newark teens comes to mind). The FBI reports El Salvador's brutal MS-13 gangs saturating the US, have killed more US citizens than Al Quada killings all over the world.

It appears that illiterate natives from poverty-stricken hovels are being coached by corrupt Third World governments----gov't juntas that rule by military force. Even more disturbing, Third World military juntas are attempting to undermine US justice. Third World juntas demanded last year, that the US Attorney suspend deportations of marauding latino criminals on US soil who are killing and maiming Americans. This presages the Third World they intend to build on US soil.

We're looking at primitive, illiterate Third Worlders more accustomed to military juntas patrolling the streets in camouflage and shoulder holsters....these people are armed with a savage determination to take-back the SW (reconquista) by forming fraudulent voting blocs, using any means possible---means that are patently illegal. Clearly, the invaders are way out of their element----unable to circum-navigate a complex and sophisticated world-class superpower, one that is governed by the rule of law. Lawbreaking is not tolerated here. People like Sotomayor would suspend our laws in the pursuit of their racialist agendas.

FINAL MESSAGE----Demand Senators call the White House switchboard 202 456-1111; urge Obo to withdraw the Soto nomination.

22 posted on 07/10/2009 5:38:14 PM PDT by Liz (When people fear govt, we have tyranny; when govt fears the people, we have freedom.)
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