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  • Latest Supreme Court’s Religious-Freedom Message: There Are No Second-Class Citizens

    06/26/2017 1:10:04 PM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 23 replies
    National Review ^ | 06/26/2017 | David French
    While there are many threats to religious liberty, few are more consequential over the long term than the state’s ever-expanding role in private life. If the government is able to vacuum up tax dollars, create programs large and small for public benefit, and then exclude religious individuals or institutions from those programs, it has functionally created two tiers of citizenship. Secular individuals and institutions enjoy full access to the government they fund, while religious individuals and institutions find themselves funding a government that overtly discriminates against them. That’s the issue the Supreme Court addressed today in Trinity Lutheran Church...
  • Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor: ‘Disturbing Trend’ Siding With Police Officers

    04/26/2017 8:56:14 AM PDT · by ColdOne · 47 replies
    lawofficer.com ^ | 4/24/17 | law officer
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote Monday that the court is developing a “disturbing trend” of siding with police officers accused of excessive force at the expense of their alleged victims, a notion disputed by two of her colleagues. Sotomayor was arguing that the court should have accepted the case of Richardo Salazar-Limon, who was shot in the back by Houston police officer Chris Thompson in 2010. A federal district judge dismissed Salazar-Limon’s suit before trial, and the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 5th Circuit upheld that decision.
  • FR FYI: Mozilla takes a hard left (image.)

    04/11/2017 12:58:42 PM PDT · by golux · 35 replies
    Mozilla | April 11 2017 | Golux
  • Sotomayor’s demeaning views on race

    04/08/2017 7:41:53 PM PDT · by MarvinStinson · 67 replies
    nypost ^ | April 23, 2014 | Mike Gonzalez
    Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling that Michigan voters had the right to ban racial preferences in university admissions didn’t sit well with the court’s self-described “Wise Latina,” Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Her 58-page-long dissent made clear that she’ll be the last line of defense for affirmative-action policies at the highest court in the land. But a look at the dissent as well as her own history, makes clear that the lady doth protest too much. Immigrants and their children simply have no claim on affirmative action — if anyone does. To the contrary, these policies hurt their intended beneficiaries. The court didn’t...
  • Sonia Sotomayor: Don't Expect Radical Change To SCOTUS In Your Lifetime

    02/03/2017 7:02:05 AM PST · by Sir Napsalot · 65 replies
    RCP video ^ | 2-2-2017 | Tim Hains
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she doesn't expect a radical change in the current makeup of the Supreme Court over the next several years, even after the nomination of Neil Gorsuch by Donald Trump. (Video clip at link source)
  • Sotomayor says nation 'can't afford to despair' over Trump

    11/15/2016 7:02:07 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 51 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Nov 15, 2016 9:11 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that Americans “can’t afford to despair” in the wake of Donald Trump's election as president. Speaking to an audience at a Capitol Hill cultural center, Sotomayor said the nation can’t afford for a president to fail, but stressed that “every person has an obligation both to continue being heard and to continue doing the right thing.” The justice was responding to a question from radio host Bill Press about whether Trump’s victory made her feel apprehensive. She declined to answer directly, but said people “can’t afford to give up on pursuing the values...
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor says she thought about hitting Antonin Scalia with baseball bat

    10/18/2016 9:36:54 PM PDT · by Nachum · 56 replies
    New York Daily News ^ | 10/18/2016 | Christopher Brennan
    Sonia Sotomayor said her fellow Supreme Court justice´s comments sometimes left her wanting to dispense rough justice with sporting equipment. “There are things he’s said on the bench where if I had a baseball bat, I might have used it,” the Bronx-born judge said of her late colleague Antonin Scalia on Monday. Scalia was a longtime leader of the Court’s conservative wing, often on the opposite side of Sotomayor on issues such as gay marriage and affirmative action after she was appointed by President Obama in 2009.
  • Sotomayor calls job on high court blessing and curse

    09/08/2016 9:22:18 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 27 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Sep 8, 2016 10:53 PM EDT | Todd Richmond
    Serving on the U.S. Supreme Court has been both a blessing and a curse and reaching decisions is harder than she ever expected, Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday during a visit to the University of Wisconsin-Madison. […] “I never forget that in every case, someone wins, and there’s an opposite. Someone loses. And that burden feels very heavy to me,” Sotomayor said. “I have not anticipated how hard decision-making is on the court. Because of that big win and lose on the court and we are affecting lives across the country and sometimes across the world, I’m conscious that what...
  • Sonia Sotomayor - Individual Profile

    06/08/2016 1:14:31 PM PDT · by FR_addict · 2 replies
    discoverthenetworks.org ^ | not given | discoverthenetworks.org
    •Former Board of Directors member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund •Former judge on the U.S. District Court for the Southern District of New York •Was nominated by President Bill Clinton to serve as a federal judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1997 •Supports affirmative action •Views America as a nation rife with discrimination against nonwhite minorities •Nominated for the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama in May 2009; was sworn in as Associate Justice on August 8, 2009 Born in June 1954 to Puerto Rican parents who resided in the...
  • Justice Sotomayor's Very Bad, No Good Idea For Lawyers (mandatory pro bono work)

    05/24/2016 8:41:24 AM PDT · by reaganaut1 · 30 replies
    Forbes ^ | May 24, 2016 | George Leef
    On May 16 at an American Law Institute meeting, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor declared that she was in favor of forced labor – at least to the extent of compelling lawyers to do enough pro bono work so that poor people in America can have legal representation when they need it. Many lower income Americans are unable to afford legal assistance when they need it. The legal establishment has known that for a long time, and often indulges in hand-wringing over it. Some law firms require their attorneys to engage in pro bono work, donating their time to help...
  • Justice Sotomayor's Vocabulary of Immigration

    04/11/2016 11:55:10 AM PDT · by OddLane · 17 replies
    Center for Immigration Studies ^ | April 11, 2016 | Jerry Kammer
    In 2009, when Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote her first opinion as a member of the high court, she used the term "undocumented immigrant" to refer to persons who are in the United States illegally. It is believed to have been the first such usage in the history of the court, where the term "illegal immigrant" had previously been used. In an interview for last week's NPR program Latino USA, Justice Sotomayor explained her decision. She told host Maria Hinojosa: "Illegal immigrant" has a sense, I think, in people's minds, that immigrants are all criminals and criminals in...
  • Sonya Sotomayor: What the Supreme Court really needs is more diversity

    04/11/2016 7:30:20 AM PDT · by SeekAndFind · 54 replies
    Hotair ^ | 04/11/2016 | Jazz Shaw
    Not everyone is a fan of putting Merrick Garland on the Supreme Court and we’re not just talking about Senate Republicans here. Though the complaints are a bit veiled, it sounds as if Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor isn’t exactly leading the Garland cheering section either. In an address she delivered at the Brooklyn School of Law, Sotomayor made an oblique reference to Garland when she bemoaned the lack of “diversity” on the bench and why it would be important to judge prospective nominees, at least in part, on factors other than their judicial bona fides. (Time) U.S....
  • Sotomayor: Court needs greater diversity, in several ways

    04/08/2016 7:24:57 PM PDT · by Olog-hai · 57 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Apr 8, 2016 10:07 PM EDT | Jennifer Peltz
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the nation’s highest court needs more diversity in personal background and professional experience. […] The court’s first Latina justice says she feels there’s “a disadvantage” to having a court made up entirely of Ivy League graduates who are either Catholic or Jewish, several of them from New York. She notes that none specialized in criminal defense outside white-collar settings. …
  • Justice: How Can Gov’t Function If It Can’t Make People Do Things They Believe Will Damn Their

    03/24/2016 2:09:47 PM PDT · by Nachum · 46 replies
    cns news ^ | 3/24/16 | Terence P. Jeffrey
    In oral arguments in the Supreme Court yesterday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor asked an attorney representing East Texas Baptist University, Southern Nazarene University, Geneva College and the Little Sisters of the Poor whether the United States government would ever be able to function if it could not demand that people do things that those people believe will cause their souls to “be damned in some way.” “Because every believer that’s ever come before us, including the people in the military, are saying that my soul will be damned in some way,” said Sotomayor. “I’m not naysaying that that is a very...
  • Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case [Worst Ever Supreme Court Appointment!]

    03/23/2016 6:42:06 PM PDT · by Steelfish · 30 replies
    YahoNews ^ | March 23, 2016 | Noah Feldman
    Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case Noah Feldman Before Tuesday, I’d have said that Puerto Rico had no chance to win its legal fight to let its municipalities and utilities declare bankruptcy. That's how the island hopes to resolve its overwhelming debt problems, but the federal bankruptcy code says that it can't. That's what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held last summer, unanimously. The statute seemed so clear that even Judge Juan Torruella, the appellate court’s only Puerto Rican member, concurred in an outraged separate opinion criticizing the federal law. Then Sonia Sotomayor stepped...
  • Sotomayor Helps Puerto Rico Argue Its Bankruptcy Case

    03/23/2016 8:14:01 AM PDT · by oblomov · 21 replies
    Bloomberg View via Yahoo! Finance ^ | 23 Mar 2016 | Noah Feldman
    Before Tuesday, I’d have said that Puerto Rico had no chance to win its legal fight to let its municipalities and utilities declare bankruptcy. That's how the island hopes to resolve its overwhelming debt problems, but the federal bankruptcy code says that it can't. That's what the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit held last summer, unanimously. The statute seemed so clear that even Judge Juan Torruella, the appellate court’s only Puerto Rican member, concurred in an outraged separate opinion criticizing the federal law. Puerto Rico's Slide Then Sonia Sotomayor stepped in. Oral arguments before the Supreme Court...
  • Sotomayor: Scalia like an annoying brother she misses

    03/07/2016 9:50:37 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 37 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Mar. 7, 2016 10:44 PM EST
    U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the late Justice Antonin Scalia was like the brother she sometimes “wanted to kill” but loved and misses. Sotomayor told a crowd at the University of Illinois College of Law on Monday that the politically conservative Scalia often said things “just to annoy me.” But the liberal-leaning Sotomayor said that despite their disagreements, “on a personal level, he was very warm.” …
  • What Would Scalia Say?: No reason Obama shouldn't appoint

    02/14/2016 7:18:44 PM PST · by Daniel Clark · 61 replies
    The Shinbone: The Frontier of the Free Press ^ | February 14, 2016 | Daniel Clark
    What Would Scalia Say?: No reason Obama shouldn't appoint by Daniel Clark "Elections have consequences." President Obama once said that, and yet it's true. One might have hoped we'd all have learned it by now. The consensus among the candidates at the South Carolina Republican Primary Debate was that Obama is somehow obligated to abstain from appointing a successor to the late Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia. Their basis for this argument is that it's a tradition that a president does not make a Supreme Court appointment during an election year, especially when that appointment would dramatically change the Court's...
  • At #GOPDebate Ted Cruz Offers Devastating List Of Proofs That Democrats Want To Confiscate Your...

    01/15/2016 8:46:51 AM PST · by Isara · 4 replies
    Red State ^ | January 15th, 2016 | Caleb Howe
    At #GOPDebate Ted Cruz Offers Devastating List Of Proofs That Democrats Want To Confiscate Your Guns [VIDEO] When Ted Cruz addressed the question of whether Obama really does want to confiscate guns from Americans, he offered a list of proofs that are devastating and show the President wants to do exactly that, just like most Democrats. You have to watch this before we list them.Ted Cruz On Obama's Gun Control Goals (Video)This whole answer is perfection, but the list of proofs is absolutely devastating. Here are the items he lays out.1) “He appointed Eric Holder as Attorney General. Eric Holder...
  • A Minimum Wage of Zero

    11/27/2015 1:20:59 PM PST · by Kaslin · 11 replies
    Justica.com ^ | November 23, 2015 | Ronald D. Rotunda
    In the November 16 Presidential Debate, the Democratic candidates argued about the minimum wage. They all favored raising it, with Hillary Clinton arguing for $12 per hour. What she preaches is not what she practices, when running her own campaign. Recently, her lawyers asked the Federal Election Commission (FEC) for permission to use unpaid interns during "the spring, summer, or fall at the Campaign's headquarters office in Brooklyn." The lucky students would receive nothing from the Clinton campaign. However, Clinton wants the college to give the interns college credit. She also wants the college to pay the student $3,000. The...