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  • 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 ^ | not given |
    •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 ^ | 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...
  • Sotomayor: We’re not taking away your liberty, because we won’t force you to marry a gay person

    04/30/2015 8:55:52 AM PDT · by BlatherNaut · 113 replies
    LifeSiteNews ^ | 4/29/15 | Ben Johnson
    One moment in the Supreme Court's oral arguments over same-sex “marriage” reveals what an embarrassment Sonia Sotomayor is as a justice. John J. Bursch, who argued on behalf of marriage, said that the people, not five unelected justices, should be able to decide whether to redefine a pillar of society that predates the government and written history. “This case isn't about how to define marriage,” he said. “It's about who gets to decide that question. Is it the people acting through the democratic process, or is it the federal courts? And we're asking you to affirm every individual's fundamental liberty...
  • Teacher choked out

    04/20/2015 10:06:46 AM PDT · by chasio649 · 13 replies ^ | 4/18/15 | Tommy Sotomayor
    Long Island BT-1000 Knocks CakeFaced MiddleSchool Teacher Out Cold
  • Sonia Sotomayor may have saved Obamacare

    03/08/2015 6:42:31 PM PDT · by LucyT · 36 replies
    Business Insider ^ | Mar. 8, 2015, 6:45 PM | Cristian Farias, Slate
    In a dispatch on King v. Burwell, the closely watched Obamacare challenge, NPR’s Nina Totenberg observed that the plaintiffs’ attorney, Michael Carvin, argued before the Supreme Court with “red-faced passion.” Indeed, Justice Sonia Sotomayor hadn’t even finished the preamble to her first question when Carvin interrupted her to finish an earlier thought. He then caught himself and apologized, at which point Sotomayor tempered him: “Take a breath.” Carvin needed that moment, because Sotomayor was about to ask a bombshell question about federalism, a subject that later dominated a key portion of the hearing.
  • Supreme Court decides police don’t need to obey the law, don’t need to know what it says

    02/03/2015 8:55:29 AM PST · by Oldpuppymax · 37 replies
    Coach is Right ^ | 2/3/15 | Doug Book
    In December of last year, the Supreme Court continued a decades-long tradition of chipping away at 4th Amendment rights by ruling that police may violate those rights “…if the violation results from a “reasonable” mistake about the law…” In the case of Heien v The State of North Carolina, police sergeant Matt Darisse stopped a vehicle he considered “suspicious” because one of three tail lights was faulty. While writing a warning ticket, he then “became suspicious” of vehicle occupants and “their answers to his questions.” When vehicle owner Nick Heien gave Sergeant Darisse permission to search the car, the officer...
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor: No Such Thing as Judicial Activism

    02/03/2015 7:21:53 AM PST · by PROCON · 37 replies
    newsmax ^ | Feb. 2, 2015 | David A. Patten
    Associate Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor flatly rejected on Monday the view that any U.S. Supreme Court justices practice judicial activism. Speaking Monday to a standing-room only event at the Palm Beach County Convention Center in West Palm Beach, Fla., the 60-year-old justice was asked to give her reaction to those who complain about judicial activism on the one hand, yet want the Court to declare laws unconstitutional on the other. "I think most judges have a definition of judicial activism," Sotomayor said. "It’s a ruling you don’t like."Sotomayor’s assertion that no judicial activism exists — an article of faith...
  • [Supreme] Court: Traffic stop OK despite mistake of law (Roberts v. Fourth Amendment 8-1)

    12/16/2014 7:46:02 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 96 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec. 15, 2014 12:12 PM EST | Sam Hananel
    Police can use evidence seized during a traffic stop even if it turns out the officers initially pulled a car over based on a misunderstanding of the law, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. The 8-1 decision written by Chief Justice John Roberts said that such a stop does not violate the Constitution’s protection against unreasonable searches. The ruling came in a North Carolina case in which a police officer pulled over Nicholas Heien’s car because the right brake light was out, although the left one still worked. A consensual search led to the discovery of cocaine in the trunk. A...
  • The Supreme Court Won’t Be Getting Another Sotomayor Anytime Soon

    11/19/2014 7:59:51 PM PST · by SeekAndFind · 45 replies
    Five Thirty Eight Politics ^ | 11/19/2014 | HARRY ENTEN
    Democrats lost the Senate, but so what? President Obama still has two more years and a veto. But there is at least one area where the GOP’s new Senate majority makes a big difference: a Supreme Court nomination. While it’s still unclear whether Obama will get to nominate another justice, the Republican gains in November make it unlikely a liberal nominee, such as Justice Thurgood Marshall, would be confirmed. And a nominee like the two Obama-appointed justices currently sitting on the court, Elena Kagan and Sonia Sotomayor, would face a possible filibuster. Only a true middle-of-the-road nominee — such as...
  • 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...

    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...