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  • Sotomayor: Americans Should be Alarmed by Spread of Drones

    09/12/2014 12:30:24 PM PDT · by BuckeyeTexan · 92 replies
    WSJ ^ | 9/12/2014 | Jacob Gershman
    Americans should be more concerned about their privacy being invaded by the spread of drones, Justice Sonia Sotomayor told an Oklahoma City audience on Thursday. Speaking before a group of faculty members and students at Oklahoma City University’s law school on Sept. 11, Justice Sotomayor said “frightening” changes in surveillance technology should encourage citizens to take a more active role in the privacy debate. She said she’s particularly troubled by the potential for commercial and government drones to compromise personal privacy. Said Justice Sotomayor: There are drones flying over the air randomly that are recording everything that’s happening on what...
  • Supreme Court women lash out at birth control decision

    Their unusually strident dissent written by Sotomayor said the Wheaton injunction threatened the credibility of the Hobby Lobby decision. "Those who are bound by our decisions usually believe they can take us at our word," Sotomayor wrote. "Not so today." The point of the dissent? "It is not the business of this court to ensnare itself in the government's ministerial handling of its affairs in the manner it does here," Sotomayor wrote.
  • Supreme Court Sides With Christian College In Birth Control Case [Sotomayor Goes Berserk]

    07/03/2014 10:17:29 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 57 replies
    Washington Post ^ | July 03, 2014 | ROBERT BARNES
    Supreme Court Sides With Christian College In Birth Control Case The three female justices say their colleagues are reversing themselves from this week’s Hobby Lobby ruling. (Pablo Martinez Monsivais/AP) BY ROBERT BARNES July 3 The three female justices of the Supreme Court sharply rebuked their colleagues Thursday for siding with a Christian college in the latest battle over providing women with contraceptive coverage under the Affordable Care Act, saying the court was retreating from assurances offered only days ago. In a short, unsigned opinion, the court said that Wheaton College in Illinois, at least temporarily, does not have to comply...
  • Sotomayor: Affirmative action options don’t work

    06/23/2014 12:26:25 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 24 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jun 22, 2014 3:30 PM EDT | Kevin Freking
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected on Sunday the notion that alternatives to affirmative action such as income or residency could achieve similar results in diversifying the nation’s colleges and universities. […] Sotomayor is the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court and graduated from Princeton University. She said her alma mater could fill its freshman class with students who scored perfectly on undergraduate metrics, but it chooses not to do so because it would not create a diverse class based on standards the school considers important for success in life. …
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action [Obama's Supreme Court Plant!]

    06/22/2014 12:09:34 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 25 replies
    Washington Post ^ | June 22, 2014 | ROBERT BARNES
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor Defends Affirmative Action BY ROBERT BARNES June 22 Justice Sonia Sotomayor said she supports affirmative action in higher education because she believes that alternatives based on geographic or economic status don’t work to ensure a diverse student body. Sotomayor has said race-conscious programs in the 1970s that opened Ivy League schools to minorities were essential to her rise from the Bronx public housing projects to her admission to Princeton and Yale Law School, where she excelled. Sotomayor, the court’s first Latina, was asked by George Stephanopoulos in a segment taped for ABC’s “This Week” about programs that...
  • Becoming a Supreme Court justice was a shock, Sotomayor says

    06/20/2014 1:25:49 PM PDT · by Jim Robinson · 29 replies
    LA Times ^ | June 20, 2014 | By TIMOTHY M. PHELPS
    My mving to Washington and becoming a Supreme Court justice five years ago was shocking, “like somebody throwing cold water on me,” says Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The transition from being a little known appeals court judge in her hometown of New York to being an easily recognized Washington personality was extremely difficult, Sotomayor said. “People stop treating you like a person,” she said. “It’s hard for someone like me who really likes people and wants to have living room conversations that are not posted on Twitter.” Her comments came in a wide-ranging and, for a Supreme Court justice, unusually candid...
  • Watch: SCOTUS Justice Sonia Sotomayor Meets Hillary at Costco

    06/14/2014 5:23:41 PM PDT · by GilGil · 34 replies
    BREITBART ^ | 06/14/14 | ALEXNBCNEWS
    Saturday at the Costco in Arlington, VA, right outside of Washington, DC, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a surprise stop to see former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton signing copies of her book, "Hard Choices."
  • How Justices Kagan and Roberts Characterize Justice Sotomayor’s Dissent

    06/11/2014 4:03:09 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 28 replies
    Josh Blackman ^ | Josh Blackman
    In Scialabba v. Cuellar de Osorio, both Justices Kagan and, to a lesser extent, CJ Roberts use some pretty strong language to characterize Justice Sotomayor’s dissent. From Kagan’s opinion: •The dissent responds to this fact only with a pair of non-sequiturs. Post, at 18–19 (opinion of SOTOMAYOR, J.). •but cf. post, at 14 (SOTOMAYOR, J., dissenting) (wrongly stating that under that rule conversion occurs upon the agency’s re- ceipt of proof of the change). •It is, therefore, impossible to understand the dissent’s statement that conversion of such a petition to an appropriate category requires “ ‘substantive alteration’ to [the] petition.”...
  • Sonia Quotamayor: Product of Affirmative Action

    04/30/2014 9:42:32 AM PDT · by Winged Hussar · 13 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 4/30/14 | William A. Levinson
    Sonia the Quota, aka Sonia Quotamayor, proved what most people have known for years. Affirmative action means hiring, appointing, or promoting people for the color of their skin rather than the content of their character. Sotomayor is obviously not where she is because of her character or her qualifications. Her own words prove that she is grossly unfit to serve in any responsible judicial capacity in an equal opportunity society. "[W]e ought not sit back and wish away, rather than confront, the racial inequality that exists in our society. It is this view that works harm, by perpetuating the facile...
  • Sonia Quotamayor: Product of Affirmative Action

    04/30/2014 7:40:09 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 15 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/30/2014 | William Levinson
    Myths, legends, and anthropology all state that the power to name a thing is the power to control or destroy it. A simple and devastating public relations technique is, therefore, to attach a memorable and accurate name to somebody. The Allies, for example, named General Fedor Bock "Der Sterber" ("Let's go get killed") due to his callous remark that it was the function of the German soldier to die for Germany, and they made sure his soldiers knew it. This article will similarly name Sonia Sotomayor, a jurist who seems to confuse the role of the U.S. Supreme Court with...
  • Euphemizing Affirmative Action

    04/27/2014 5:41:58 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 7 replies
    National Review ^ | 4/27/2014 | George Will
    <p>Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety. Or both, as when the 1976 Democratic platform chose “compensatory opportunity” as a way of blurring the fact that the party favored racial discrimination in the form of preferences and quotas for certain government-favored minorities in such matters as government hiring, contracting, and college admissions.</p>
  • By the Content of Their Character

    04/24/2014 5:12:37 PM PDT · by ObamahatesPACoal · 3 replies
    National Review ^ | Henry Payne
    Jennifer Gratz is a model of diversity. The daughter of a policeman and a secretary in Southfield, Mich., she was the first person in her family to apply to college, sporting a résumé that included a 3.8 grade point average, 25 ACT score, and membership in the National Honor Society and student council. She was class vice president. Yet she was denied admission to the University of Michigan because racial preferences stacked the deck against her and her white, Asian, Indian, and Jewish peers by granting 20 points to black or Latino students, on an 80-point scale; a perfect standardized...
  • Sotomayor shows her true colors

    04/24/2014 1:32:31 PM PDT · by Starman417 · 22 replies
    Flopping Aces ^ | 04-24-14 | DrJohn
    I see your true colors And that's why I love you So don't be afraid to let them show Your true colors True colors are beautiful, Like a rainbow- Cindy Lauper As noted here by Curt, the recent SCOTUS ruling caused quite a dustup. Sonia Sotomayor is inclined to shooting her mouth off without thinking. She did it in this ruling and she's done it in the past, and each time she reminds us of the poor decision it was to put her on the Court. In the most recent ruling Sotomayor, employing the Al Sharpton method of association, essentially...
  • Lee Bright: Sotomayor Slips … And So Does Lindsey

    04/24/2014 11:27:06 AM PDT · by Servant of the Cross · 13 replies
    FitsNews ^ | 4/24/2014 | FitsNews/Bright press release
    “Wise Latina” Support and Graham’s Sub 40 Poll Numbers Justice Sonia Sotomayor slipped up this week and exposed herself as a race baiter in her official dissenting opinion in the Michigan case. Meanwhile, Lindsey Graham’s approval numbers continued to slip-slide in the Winthrop poll, diving below 40 per cent. Are the two stories related? “Certainly the Michigan ruling had nothing to do with Graham’s approval problems in this particular poll,” said Lee Bright, the top challenger to Graham in the upcoming Senatorial Primary. “But his many foolish decisions, like supporting Sotomayor for the Court, are coming back to haunt Lindsey...
  • The 'Wise Latina' jumped the shark (On Affirmative Action)

    04/24/2014 7:17:40 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 37 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 04/24/2014 | Thomas Lifson
    Conservatives may, in the long run, owe a thank-you to the “Wise Latina.” Justice Sonia Sotomayor jumped the shark Tuesday with her lengthy dissent from the Schuette decision, read aloud from the bench. Although the liberal media sympathize with her and presented the decision as a setback, the positions she took are at variance with both the clear meaning of the text of the Constitution and with the sentiments of the vast majority of Americans, who consistently vote against racial preferences whenever they get the chance. John Hinderaker of Powerline concisely summed up the essence of the position argued by...
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/23/2014 10:33:55 AM PDT · by Impala64ssa · 49 replies
    Washington Post ^ | 4/23/14 | Robert Barnes
    <p>Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts such as the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr.</p>
  • Holder says Sotomayor's affirmative action dissent was 'courageous'

    04/23/2014 9:42:15 AM PDT · by maggief · 44 replies
    The Hill ^ | April 23, 2014 | Rebecca Shabad
    Attorney General Eric Holder on Wednesday called Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s dissent in the Supreme Court’s latest affirmative action ruling “courageous.” At an event on diversity within the Justice Department, Holder said it’s tempting to think the struggle to overcome discrimination has ended when people like him or President Obama have reached the nation’s highest ranks. But he said the fight for equal rights is not over. "[This] great country still has a ways to go before our founding promise of equal justice and equal opportunity is fully realized,” he said. Holder quoted Sotomayor in the dissent she filed a day...
  • The only way to end racial discrimination is…through racial discrimination?

    04/23/2014 9:01:57 AM PDT · by NOBO2012 · 8 replies
    Michelle Obama's Mirror ^ | 4-23-2014 | MOTUS
    “Justice Sotomayor seemed to mock one of Chief Justice Roberts’s most memorable lines. In a 2007 decision that limited the use of race to achieve integration in public school systems, he wrote, ‘The way to stop discrimination on the basis of race is to stop discriminating on the basis of race.’” On the contrary, the Wise Latina believes that the only way to end discrimination on the basis of race is…to discriminate on the basis of race.Let’s examine the basis for her contention, beginning with Big Guy’s basis for social justice: empathy: But it’s those five percent of the...
  • The Scalia – Sotomayor Thunderdome: A slug-fest in the footnotes on the affirmative action case

    04/22/2014 6:32:30 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 41 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/22/2014 | Jazz Shaw
    Ed Morrissey already brought you up to date on the SCOTUS decision regarding the Michigan referendum that ended affirmative action in college admissions, so if you happened to miss the story, read that first. It was one of the more raucous decisions in a while, with plenty of twists and turns in terms of who went with the majority or the dissent and what they said. But the Washington Examiner dug a bit deeper later in the day, finding what amounted to a bit of a slug-fest in the footnotes between Sonia Sotomayor and Antonin Scalia. The scuffle erupted over...
  • Sotomayor accuses colleagues of trying to ‘wish away’ racial inequality

    04/22/2014 5:49:15 PM PDT · by Mandingo Conservative · 70 replies
    Washington Post ^ | April 22 2014 | Robert Barnes
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s fierce defense of the affirmative action efforts like the ones that helped move her from a Bronx housing project to the upper echelons of American law found renewed voice Tuesday in an impassioned dissent that accused colleagues of trying to “wish away” racial inequality — and drew a tart response from Chief Justice John G. Roberts
  • Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: ‘Sometimes You Have To Do the Unexpected’

    04/04/2014 1:22:24 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 61 replies
    Der Spiegel ^ | April 02, 2014 – 12:43 PM | Samiha Shafy
    “You know, it’s almost a life motto (‘Well-behaved women rarely make history’). If you read the book (My Beloved World), you know I’m very law abiding. But I make it very clear that, like all people, there are exceptions. I like driving fast. I’m a pure New Yorker and I jaywalk. None of us is perfect. Sometimes you have to do the unexpected.” […] “In the United States, certain segments of society played with quotas for a number of years. What ended up happening is that the larger population got angry. And the Supreme Court ultimately said that quotas were...
  • Justice Sotomayor Compared Abortions to Vaccinations, Blood Transfusions in Hobby Lobby Case

    03/26/2014 6:45:41 PM PDT · by Morgana · 25 replies
    LIFE NEWS ^ | Steven Ertelt
    Over the years we’ve heard all sorts of attempts to downplay abortions as something insignificant rather than an act that destroys the life of an unborn children and injures women. Sotomayor Senate RolesDuring yesterday’s oral arguments in the Hobby Lobby case, which observers think will have the Supreme Court ultimately siding with the Christian-run business in its efforts to not have to pay for abortion-causing drugs, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the latest to make an oft-putting comparison. While the lawyer for the Obama administration appeared surprised that the case had anything to do with abortion, Justice Sotomayor compared abortions to...
  • Bye, Fidelity: Law, shmaw, says Sotomayor

    02/13/2014 7:52:37 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 8 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 13, 2014 | Daniel Clark
    Bye, Fidelity: Law, shmaw, says Justice Sotomayor by Daniel Clark Five years ago, during the confirmation hearings for her Supreme Court nomination, Sonia Sotomayor pacified skeptical Republican senators by declaring that her guiding judicial philosophy was “fidelity to the law.” Given the controversy at the time about her having said that it’s the judiciary’s role to create policy, this newfound devotion of hers was obviously fraudulent. To anyone who had failed to recognize this, however, her recent remarks during a speech at Yale must be terribly confusing. Sotomayor was asked why, in her written opinion in the 2009 Mohawk Industries,...
  • Obama “Going Dictator” - a Brief How-To Course

    02/06/2014 9:31:35 AM PST · by NOBO2012 · 2 replies
    Did you hear what El Presidente said now? "I make an appeal to the country economic sectors, for work and self-regulation of commodities and prices. You have time until next Monday; otherwise, I will take the most radical measures. I am determined to make an economic revolution. Nobody, nothing will stop me!" No, that wasn’t Big Guy; that was Nicolás Maduro, Hugo Chavez’s successor and president of the other most dubiously democratic country in the Western hemisphere. Hugo (RIP) presents BHO with a book documenting 5 centuries of American and European Imperialism: BHO’s response, “ I wrote one of them...
  • Sotomayor: Labeling Illegal Immigrants Criminals Is Insulting

    02/05/2014 7:06:31 AM PST · by Biggirl · 59 replies
    CBS DC ^ | February 4, 2014 5:53 AM
    NEW HAVEN, Conn. — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, who grew up poor in New York City, described Monday how she navigated new worlds of Ivy League universities and the nation’s highest court. Sotomayor told students at Yale University that she has a competitive drive to improve herself and isn’t afraid to ask questions.
  • No Room in Polite Society for Anti-Catholic Contempt

    01/10/2014 5:28:10 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 133 replies
    US News / Blog ^ | January 9, 2014 | Dr. Grazie Pozo Christie
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor's recent ruling, issuing a stay on the fines for the Little Sisters of the Poor, struck some people in violent ways. One blogger, Jamie Stiehm writing for U.S. News, seems to think that Sotomayor outed herself as that most crass and small minded of people: a Catholic! This was certainly not a predictable outcome in the minds of those progressives who celebrated the elevation of the first "wise Latina" to the highest court in the land. She was supposed to stay on the reservation, of course, voting reliably to uphold the foundations of liberal orthodoxy, whenever they...
  • Fisking Stiehm’s Bigotry at US News (bigotry so highly burnished it would scald the retinas)

    01/10/2014 3:49:29 AM PST · by NYer · 6 replies
    The Anchoress ^ | January 8, 2014 | Elizabeth Scalia
    I stopped being a Democrat when it became clear that I was expected to vacate any of my own thoughts and opinions in order to fall in line with the party, or be called moronic or hateful or bigoted or even evil. There was no way the party could be wrong on anything, therefore dissent indicated a problem originating with me. “I” had the problem; not the party.Don’t snigger, conservatives, you have your narrow-minded purists, too. Perhaps you’ve never marched in lockstep with quite the same precision as the Democrats, but you’ve run your own purges, and handily. Because whom...
  • OBAMA ADMIN PRESSURING JUSTICE SOTOMAYOR TO ALLOW CONTRACEPTION MANDATE

    01/03/2014 9:09:40 AM PST · by NYer · 54 replies
    Catholic Vote ^ | January 3, 2014 | STEVE SKOJEC
    On Tuesday, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued an order preventing the government from enforcing the Obamacare contraceptive mandate on the Little Sisters of the Poor. Sotomayor’s decision to delay the contraceptive portion of the law was joined by the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit, which also issued an emergency stay for Catholic-affiliated groups challenging the contraceptive provision, including the Archdiocese of Washington, D.C., and Catholic University.Separately, Lawyer Noel J. Francisco had said in appeals to Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Elena Kagan that the mandate would “expose numerous Catholic organizations to draconian fines...
  • Did the nuns get to Justice Sonia Sotomayor?

    01/02/2014 7:15:24 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 49 replies
    American Thinker ^ | 01/02/2013 | Silvio Canto Jr.
    In the movie "The Blues Brothers," Jake and Elwood have a hilarious reunion with a nun from their younger days at the orphange in Chicago.  She tells them about the $5,000 in taxes due and the deadline.Then she did something that every Catholic will remember to one degree or another: "I prayed so hard for you.  It saddens and hurts me that the two young men whom  I raised to believe in The Ten Commandments have returned  to me as two thieves with filthy mouths and bad attitudes.Get out!  And don't come back until you've redeemed  yourselves!" And so they did.They put the band together and...
  • Justice [Sotomayor] Halts Obama Contraception Rule for Catholic Nuns [link only]

    01/01/2014 11:51:43 AM PST · by grundle · 18 replies
    Bloomberg [link only] | January 1, 2014
    link only: http://www.bloomberg.com/news/2014-01-01/justice-halts-obama-contraception-rule-for-catholic-nuns.html
  • Sonia Sotomayor issues temporary injunction against HHS contraception mandate

    01/01/2014 10:52:10 AM PST · by SeekAndFind · 13 replies
    Hotair ^ | 01/01/2014 | Ed Morrissey
    It’s not much of an injunction, but it’s enough to put a stop to its enforcement for a couple of days, at least. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a Barack Obama appointee to the high court, issued the order just hours before the mandate would have gone into effect (via Frank Weathers at Patheos): Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control coverage.Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s...
  • BREAKING: Justice Sotomayor Blocks Enforcement Of The HHS Mandate

    01/01/2014 4:36:37 AM PST · by NYer · 99 replies
    Whyimcatholic ^ | December 31, 2013
    Bringing in the New Year, and not just at Times Square. This just in from the Associated Press, WASHINGTON (AP) — Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama’s health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control.Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s decision came after a different effort by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday’s start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known...
  • Justice delays health law's birth control mandate

    12/31/2013 9:33:18 PM PST · by DJ MacWoW · 41 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Jan 1, 2014 12:18 AM (ET) | By JESSE J. HOLLAND
    WASHINGTON (AP) - Only hours before the law was to take effect, a Supreme Court justice on Tuesday blocked implementation of part of President Barack Obama's health care law that would have forced some religion-affiliated organizations to provide health insurance for employees that includes birth control. Justice Sonia Sotomayor's decision came after a flurry of efforts by Catholic-affiliated groups from around the nation. Those groups had rushed to the federal courts to stop Wednesday's start of portions of the Affordable Care Act, also known as Obamacare.
  • Supreme Court Halts Contraception Mandate For Religious Groups (WOW!)

    12/31/2013 7:39:23 PM PST · by Steelfish · 82 replies
    NBCNews ^ | December 31, 2013 | M. Alex Johnson and Winston Wilde
    Supreme Court Halts Contraception Mandate For Religious Groups By M. Alex Johnson and Winston Wilde, NBC News Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a last-ditch plea from Catholic groups Tuesday night to block a birth control mandate in the new health care law for religious organizations, just hours before it was to have gone into effect. The archdioceses of Washington, D.C., and Nashville, Tenn., the Catholic Conference of Michigan and several affiliated groups requested the emergency stay of provisions of the Affordable Care Act that would require companies — regardless of religious beliefs — to provide contraceptives and other abortion-inducing...
  • Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

    12/29/2013 7:33:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 38 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 29, 2013 9:52 AM EST
    The countdown to the new year in Times Square is getting some high-profile help—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The organizers of the annual celebration announced Sunday that Sotomayor will lead the final 60-second countdown and push the ceremonial button to signal the descent of the Times Square New Year’s Eve ball. …
  • At Du Bois awards, the stars aligned

    10/03/2013 6:53:57 PM PDT · by Tailgunner Joe · 4 replies
    harvard.edu ^ | October 3, 2013 | Corydon Ireland
    When the stars come out, it is not always nighttime. Take, for instance, the W.E.B. Du Bois Medal ceremony on Wednesday afternoon at Sanders Theatre. The six medalists included a White House adviser (Valerie Jarrett), a playwright with a Pulitzer Prize (Tony Kushner), a U.S. representative called “the conscious of Congress” (John Lewis), an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court (Sonia Sotomayor), the commissioner of the National Basketball Association (David Stern), and a Hollywood director with three Oscars (Steven Spielberg). The medals, awarded since 2000, go to writers, artists, philanthropists, and others for outstanding contributions to African-American culture. Jarrett...
  • John Lott: Sotomayor, Kagan ‘dumbing down’ Supreme Court

    09/27/2013 2:19:38 AM PDT · by markomalley · 28 replies
    The Daily Caller ^ | 9/26/2013 | Jamie Weinstein
    Courts are being dumbed down because politicians are trying to keep the smartest and most persuasive judges off the bench, argues conservative economist John Lott in his recently released book, ”Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Justices Off the Bench.”“While confirmations have been getting tougher for all the nominees, smarter, more influential nominees have had the hardest time getting confirmed,” Lott  told The Daily Caller in an interview about his book. “There is a simple reason for this. Judges who understand the law and are articulate may be able to convince other judges hearing cases to change how...
  • Which current Supreme Court justices are DUMB by historical standards?

    09/26/2013 9:04:48 PM PDT · by richardb72 · 26 replies
    Daily Caller ^ | 09/26/2013 | JAMIE WEINSTEIN
    Courts are being dumbed down because politicians are trying to keep the smartest and most persuasive judges off the bench, argues conservative economist John Lott in his recently released book, ”Dumbing Down the Courts: How Politics Keeps the Smartest Justices Off the Bench.” “While confirmations have been getting tougher for all the nominees, smarter, more influential nominees have had the hardest time getting confirmed,” Lott told The Daily Caller in an interview about his book. “There is a simple reason for this. Judges who understand the law and are articulate may be able to convince other judges hearing cases to...
  • Vanity - SCOTUS Watch June 3rd - June 7th

    06/03/2013 6:27:06 AM PDT · by Perdogg · 7 replies
    It is that time of year where the SCOTUS makes its decisions for the term. Who knows what decisions will be handed down this week. I do not expect any gay marriage decisions until the final days of the term.
  • Sotomayor cites Boston on perils of profiling

    05/03/2013 8:32:57 AM PDT · by Olog-hai · 35 replies
    Associated Press ^ | May 2, 2013 10:52 PM EDT | Dan Elliott
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday the investigation into the Boston Marathon bombings shows how difficult and sensitive the issue of racial profiling can be. Speaking with young students in Denver, Sotomayor noted that some people asked whether authorities had done enough to track the two suspects, both ethnic Chechens. “Is that profiling? Could be,” she said. “Is it something you just can't ignore? Maybe sometimes not.” …
  • Justice Sotomayor and the path to polygamy

    04/22/2013 5:00:24 PM PDT · by ReformationFan · 12 replies
    LifeSite News ^ | 4-22-13 | Carson Holloway
    Opponents of same-sex marriage resist it because it amounts to redefining marriage, but also because it will invite future redefinitions. If we embrace same-sex marriage, they argue, society will have surrendered any reasonable grounds on which to continue forbidding polygamy, for example. In truth, proponents of same-sex marriage have never offered a very good response to this concern. This problem was highlighted at the Supreme Court last month in oral argument over California’s Proposition 8, the state constitutional amendment that defines marriage as a union of a man and a woman.
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor: If Gay Marriage Is Legal, What About Polygamy?

    03/27/2013 1:11:54 PM PDT · by Maelstorm · 203 replies
    http://politics.gather.com ^ | March 27, 2013 | by Renee Nal
    Justice Sonia Sotomayor was questioning former U.S. Solicitor General Ted Olson, a pro-gay marriage Republican. She brought up a very interesting question during the exchange: If gay marriage is legal, what about polygamy? Sotomayor asked, "If you say that marriage is a fundamental right, what state restrictions could ever exist?" before referencing "polygamy and incest among adults," as reported by Matt Canham of the Salt Lake Tribune. The argument is an illustration of a broader issue about the culture of American society. To agree that gay marriage is indeed protected by the "equal protection" clause in the Constitution, wouldn't the...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan Browbeat Scalia over Voting Rights Act Argument

    03/03/2013 3:33:14 PM PST · by Nachum · 33 replies
    Breitbart ^ | 3/2/13 | Tony Lee
    Liberals have accused Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia of being the court's resident bully, but when two liberal female Suprem Court Justices--Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan--this week tried to browbeat Scalia and lawyers arguing against the Voting Rights Act's Section 5 pre-clearance requirement, the mainstream media hailed their efforts. In oral arguments in Shelby County v. Holder on Wednesday, Scalia made the point that members of Congress have no reason whatsoever to vote against the extension of the Voting Rights Act and that he was "fairly confident it will be reenacted in perpetuity unless--unless a court can say it does...
  • Sotomayor Hits Prosecutor on Racist Comments

    02/25/2013 10:09:52 AM PST · by Responsibility2nd · 19 replies
    Newser ^ | 02/25/2013 | By Matt Cantor, Newser Staff
    (Newser) – The Supreme Court won't be hearing a defendant's appeal in a drug case—but Justice Sonia Sotomayor made her views clear on a federal prosecutor's earlier comments, CNN reports. The prosecutor had said, "You've got African Americans, you've got Hispanics, you've got a bag full of money. Does that tell you—a light bulb doesn't go off in your head and say, 'This is a drug deal?'" In a statement backed by Justice Stephen Breyer, Sotomayor noted that the remarks were "an affront to the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection of the laws." "It is deeply disappointing to see a...
  • Hobby Lobby to Defy Sotomayor Ruling on Morning-After Pill

    12/28/2012 4:20:05 PM PST · by Mrs. Don-o · 125 replies
    Newsmax ^ | 27 Dec 2012 | Newsmax
    An attorney for Hobby Lobby Stores said Thursday that the arts and crafts chain plans to defy a federal mandate requiring it to offer employees health coverage that includes access to the morning-after pill, despite risking potential fines of up to $1.3 million per day. Hobby Lobby and religious book-seller Mardel, which are owned by the same conservative Christian family, are suing to block part of the federal health care law that requires employee health-care plans to provide insurance coverage for the morning-after pill and similar emergency contraception pills. The companies claim the mandate violates the religious beliefs of their...
  • Sotomayor Ruled in Favor of Muslim Inmate’s Ramadan Dinner But Rejected Christian Hobby Lobby

    12/28/2012 8:34:45 AM PST · by george76 · 30 replies
    Gateway ^ | December 27, 2012 | Jim Hoft
    Justice Sotomayer ruled in favor of Muslim inmates but ruled against Christian business owners. The Supreme Court denied a request by Hobby Lobby, a Christian-owned company, to shield the company from the controversial contraceptive mandate. Justice Sonia Sotomayor rejected a request for an emergency injunction that would have shielded employers from the mandate. Hobby Lobby could face fines of up to $1.3 million a day if they do not comply to the Obama mandate. Yet, as Laura Ingraham pointed out, in a previous case Sotomayor ruled for a Muslim inmate who was denied Ramadan meals.
  • Supreme Court rules against SEIU in dispute over union fee hike [Sotomayor votes w/majority!]

    06/21/2012 7:44:16 AM PDT · by SoFloFreeper · 28 replies
    Fox News ^ | 6/21/12
    The Supreme Court says a union must give nonmembers an immediate chance to object to unexpected fee increases that all workers are required to pay in closed-shop situations. The court on Thursday ruled for Dianne Knox and other nonmembers of the Service Employees International Union's Local 1000, who wanted to object and opt out of a $12 million special assessment the union required from its California public sector members. Knox and others said the union did not give them a legally required notice that the increase was coming.
  • First Hispanic Supreme Court justice takes prominent role

    04/25/2012 6:16:51 PM PDT · by Bloody Sam Roberts · 55 replies
    Reuters ^ | 4/25/2012 | Joan Biskupic
    (Reuters) - The Supreme Court was deep into arguments over Arizona's new immigration law on Wednesday when the high court's first Hispanic justice focused on how difficult it could be for police officers to determine whether someone they stop is in the United States legally. "What information does your (federal) system have?" Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked U.S. Solicitor General Donald Verrilli as she methodically extracted a core element of the Obama administration's case against the state of Arizona. "How does that database tell you that someone is illegal as opposed to a citizen?" asked Sotomayor, 57, born in the Bronx...
  • Even Liberal Justice Sotomayor Shredded The Govt's Arguments Against Arizona's Immigration Law

    04/25/2012 1:27:54 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 75 replies
    Business Insider ^ | 04/25/2012 | Brett LoGiurato
    Signs it's not going well for this government and Solicitor General Donald Verrilli at the Supreme Court: when a traditionally liberal judge appointed by Barack Obama has no idea of the argument they're trying to make. Enter Justice Sonia Sotomayor: "Putting aside your argument that this -- that a systematic cooperation is wrong -- you can see it's not selling very well -- why don't you try to come up with something else?" she said to Verrilli. "Because I, frankly -- as the chief has said to you, it's not that it's forcing you to change your enforcement priorities. You don't have to take...
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor's Shocking Ignorance

    04/01/2012 10:24:34 AM PDT · by Clintonfatigued · 86 replies
    The American Thinker ^ | March 31, 2012 | Jason Lee
    The liberal Supreme Court justices have demonstrated profound and shocking ignorance of the American health care system. Here's one of the most jarring examples: "What percentage of the American people who took their son or daughter to an emergency room and that child was turned away because the parent didn't have insurance," asked Sotomayor, "... do you think there's a large percentage of the American population that would stand for the death of that child -- (who) had an allergic reaction and a simple shot would have saved the child?" I have a precise answer for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. The...