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  • 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. …
  • 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.
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • Sotomayor, Kagan: Hobby Lobby Should Drop Insurance, Pay Penalty and Let Employees Use Exchange

    03/25/2014 12:27:37 PM PDT · by Rusty0604 · 121 replies
    CNS News ^ | 03/25/2014 | Penny Starr
    During oral arguments in the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday which focused on whether the contraceptive mandate in the Affordable Care Act violates the free exercise of religion, Justices Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan suggested employers who have moral objections to birth control should not provide health care coverage for their employees Chief Justice Roberts interjected that this was in opposition to what Hobby Lobby presented in its lawsuit. “I thought – I thought that part of the religious commitment of the owners was to provide health care for its employees,” Roberts said and Clements agreed. “Well, if they want...
  • 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,...
  • 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.
  • 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.
  • Utah asks Supreme Court to block same-sex unions

    12/31/2013 3:08:41 PM PST · by Olog-hai · 25 replies
    Associated Press ^ | Dec 31, 2013 5:30 PM EST | Paul Foy
    Utah took its fight against gay marriage to the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday, asking the high court to suspend same-sex unions that became legal when a judge struck down the state’s voter-approved ban. The heavily Mormon state wants the marriages to stop while it appeals a judge’s decision, which said banning gay couples from marrying violates their right to equal treatment under the law. In papers filed Tuesday, the state asked Justice Sonia Sotomayor to overturn a decision that has led to more than 900 gay marriages in Utah. Sotomayor handles emergency requests from Utah and other Rocky Mountain...
  • Justice Sotomayor to helm Times Square ball drop

    12/29/2013 7:33:28 AM PST · by Olog-hai · 39 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. …
  • 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'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...
  • Tribe to Obama: Sotomayor Is “Not Nearly As Smart As She Seems To Think She Is”

    10/28/2010 10:34:51 AM PDT · by Nachum · 36 replies
    National Review Online ^ | 10/28/10 | Ed Whelan
    I’ve obtained a copy of an interesting letter that Harvard law professor Larry Tribe wrote to his protégé, President Barack Obama, in the immediate aftermath of Justice Souter’s announcement of his decision to retire from the Court. I will post a PDF of the letter shortly. [Update: Here’s the letter.] In the meantime, I’ll call attention, in this post and two or three others, to some of its highlights. The express purpose of Tribe’s letter is to urge that Obama nominate Elena Kagan to the Souter vacancy. But before making his affirmative case for Kagan, Tribe argues strongly against the...
  • Mexican Supreme Court rules same-sex 'marriage' as constitutional

    08/06/2010 7:14:40 AM PDT · by markomalley · 9 replies
    CNA ^ | 8/6/2010
    Mexico City, Mexico, Aug 5, 2010 / 05:56 pm (CNA/EWTN News).- Despite heavy opposition from various organizations defending traditional marriage, Mexico’s Supreme Court ruled Thursday that same-sex “marriage” in the country's capital city is constitutional. According to the Associated Press, the court's justices acknowledged that while the constitution protects the family, it does not define what a "family" is. The 8-2 vote went against an appeal by Mexico's attorney general challenging the constitutionality of the city's law allowing gay “marriage.” The law went into effect on March 4 of this year. Next Monday the court will debate whether the law...
  • Obama names Laredo lawyer to federal judge post

    07/29/2010 3:25:38 AM PDT · by humblegunner · 10 replies · 1+ views
    SAN ANTONIO EXPRESS- NEWS Via Houston Chronicle ^ | July 28, 2010, 10:30PM | GARY MARTIN
    WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Wednesday nominated Laredo lawyer Marina Garcia Marmolejo to be a federal judge in the U.S. Southern Judicial District of Texas. Marmolejo is the second candidate nominated by Obama for two open federal judicial seats in Laredo. The president also selected U.S. magistrate Judge Diana Saldańa for appointment earlier this month. ~Snip~ Marmolejo was recommended to the White House for appointment by Texas congressional Democrats on May 13, said Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-Austin, chairman of the state's Democratic congressional delegation.
  • Antonin Scalia vs. John Paul Stevens

    01/23/2010 3:00:57 AM PST · by free1977free · 54 replies · 1,478+ views
    Counting the majority opinion and the various partial concurrences and dissents, today’s landmark First Amendment decision in Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission clocks in a hefty 183-pages. But one thing that jumped right out while reading the dissent (it’s also a concurrence, in parts) written by Justice John Paul Stevens and joined by Justices Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breyer, and Sonia Sotomayor, is Stevens' angry tone. He calls the idea that the First Amendment forbids distinctions between individuals and individuals organized as a corporation “a glittering generality” with no foundation in the law, and later declares, “Under the majority's...
  • High Court Targets Chicago's Gun Ban

    10/02/2009 5:59:52 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 19 replies · 2,517+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | October 2, 2009 | INVESTORS BUSINESS DAILY
    Gun Control: The Supreme Court agrees to decide if the Second Amendment applies to all of us, or just Washington, D.C. Why would the Founders put in the Bill of Rights something applying only to a federal enclave? In a 5-4 decision last year written by Justice Antonin Scalia, the Supreme Court overturned a draconian District of Columbia gun ban enacted 32 years ago that barred private ownership of handguns at all. Scalia wrote that an individual's right to bear arms is supported by "the historical narrative" both before and after the Second Amendment was adopted. The court ruled that...
  • Supreme Pride for Sotomayor [race-before-reason Puerto Rico editorial]

    08/10/2009 12:57:43 PM PDT · by rrstar96 · 2 replies · 771+ views
    (English-language translation) Yesterday's media headlines in Puerto Rico and the United States leave no room for doubt over the historical impact the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the 111th justice to join the United States Supreme Court has. The fact that the judge, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, is the third woman to reach the highest court in the U.S. is in itself historic. In addition, however, she is the first member of the Hispanic community to join this body which interprets the application of the American Constitution. This factor is a transcendental step in making the Supreme...
  • If she was a wise white woman

    08/06/2009 2:44:56 PM PDT · by TheDailyChange · 1 replies · 215+ views
    The Daily Change ^ | 08062009 | TDC
    “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.”
  • GOPers Most Likely To Flip For Sotomayor [McCain, various RINOs]

    07/30/2009 1:57:22 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 18 replies · 1,450+ views
    The National Journal ^ | 2009-07-30 | Steven Shepard
    There's little suspense remaining in the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the nation's highest court; the numbers are on her side. But the most important lingering question is: by what margin will the Senate approve her? Having a rocky summer over health-care reform, the Obama admin. could use a win -- and preferably one in which they run up the score. But thus far, as Senate Maj. Leader Harry Reid and Senate Judiciary Cmte Chair Pat Leahy (D-VT) noted yesterday, the GOP has been less willing to support Sotomayor than expected -- Sen. Lamar Alexander's (R-TN) surprising offer of...
  • Three Questions fior the Wide, er, Wise Latina (Vanity)

    07/18/2009 7:10:00 AM PDT · by Mac from Cleveland · 47 replies · 1,222+ views
    Mac from Cleveland | 7/18/09 | Mac from Cleveland
    Dear Sonia, I've heard a lot from you and about you in the past month--you're all over the news, kind of like Michael Jackson, only not as feminine. Here's 3 questions I want to ask: 1. I looked up where you live-not for stalking purposes, or any nefarious reason-just wanted to see if you walk it like you talk it, as they say. Just what I thought-your pad is in a very nice area of the West Village, only a few blocks away from the late great bar Chumley's. One of the apartments in your building (yours?) is currently on...
  • Wise Latina wise enough for three GOP yes votes so far

    07/17/2009 1:14:25 PM PDT · by RobinMasters · 14 replies · 484+ views
    Hot Air ^ | July 17, 2009 | ALLAHPUNDIT
    McConnell, Bunning, Inhofe, and Roberts say no but Snowe, Lugar, and Martinez say yes oh yes. I predicted 75 yays; how’s that shaping up so far? Kennedy and Byrd are out sick, so with every other Democrat plus the three committed Republicans voting yes, we’re at 61. Graham is almost certainly a yes, so that’s 62. Maverick and Kay Bailey Hutchison are both running in states with huge Latino populations next year and Cornyn, as head of the NRSC, is now a party spokesman and can’t risk being seen as, ahem, “intolerant,” so there’s 65. Grassley, Collins, and Voinovich are...
  • Sotomayor Gets Bounce in the Polls (37% to 44%)

    07/17/2009 8:47:25 AM PDT · by libh8er · 20 replies · 563+ views
    As her week of Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings draw to an end, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has received a bounce in the polls. Rasmussen Reports national telephone polling conducted Wednesday and Thursday night shows that 44% favor Sotomayor's confirmation while 37% are opposed. That’s a big bounce from yesterday when just 37% favored her confirmation. Tracking data has been reported all week on a two-day rolling average basis. Looking back on the individual nights of polling, Monday was a good night for Sotomayor following the opening day of the hearings. Polling on Tuesday was much less favorable for...
  • Lindsey Graham's Smack Down: "If I Said That, They Would Have My Head."

    07/14/2009 7:11:31 PM PDT · by Shellybenoit · 22 replies · 991+ views
    The Lid ^ | 7/14/09 | The Lid
    Day one of the questioning part of the Judge Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings almost made me feel dirty. Between the Judge backtracking on almost everything she had ever said, and the Democrats kissing up, by the end of the day of hearings I actually felt dirty, like I needed a shower. Probably the most dramatic part of the day's activities were the Judges answers to the "I would hope that a wise Latina woman, with the richness of her experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male." statement. Her back track explanation was so...
  • Sotomayor Defends 'Wise Latina' Remark

    07/14/2009 9:50:41 AM PDT · by Red in Blue PA · 34 replies · 984+ views
    CNBC ^ | 7/14/2009 | Staff
    Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor defended herself Tuesday against charges that her speeches and rulings show racial bias, telling a Senate panel vetting her nomination that critics had misunderstood her record. "I want to state upfront, unequivocally and without doubt: I do not believe that any racial, ethnic or gender group has an advantage in sound judging. I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge, regardless of their background or life experiences," Sotomayor said. Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's pick to become the high court's first Hispanic and third woman, was responding...
  • LIVE THREAD- Senate hearings for Judge Sotomayor- Day 2

    07/14/2009 6:39:35 AM PDT · by SE Mom · 647 replies · 23,385+ views
    FOX NEWS ^ | 12 June, 2009
    Supreme Court nominee faces tough questioning from Republican senators about her ability to judge fairly
  • Judging a Justice: Sotomayor and Racism

    07/14/2009 9:14:47 AM PDT · by FMoran · 8 replies · 480+ views
    The Politicizer ^ | Today | Alix C Walker
    In the now-famous Ricci v. DeStefano case, the city of New Haven made the claim that Federal civil rights laws forced it to discriminate on the basis of race. The plaintiffs had earned promotions by outperforming their colleagues on a test, but the city threw out the results because almost all of the top performers were white. Officials claimed they feared black firemen would sue under the Civil Rights Act of 1991, on the grounds that the test had a “disparate impact” on minorities. The Supreme Court’s decision to hear the case Ricci v. DeStefano of the, New Haven Firefighter...
  • VIDEO: Sotomayor Explains "Wise Latina" Remark

    07/14/2009 7:13:15 AM PDT · by ianschwartz · 16 replies · 758+ views
    Real Clear Politics ^ | July 14, 2009 | Real Clear Politics
    "No words I have ever spoken or written have received so much attention," Sotomayor began. Judge Sotomayor says she was telling an audience that she was trying to inspire a group to be "anything they wanted to become" through her own experiences. "I do not believe that any ethnic, racial or gender group has an advantage in sound judging," Sotomayor explained. "I do believe that every person has an equal opportunity to be a good and wise judge regardless of their background or life experiences," she concluded.
  • Sotomayor pledges impartial justice if confirmed

    07/13/2009 1:39:15 PM PDT · by Oldeconomybuyer · 38 replies · 475+ views
    AP via Yahoo! News ^ | July 13, 2009 | By DAVID ESPO and MARK SHERMAN
    WASHINGTON – Her confirmation all but assured, Sonia Sotomayor pledged Monday to serve the "larger interest of impartial justice" rather than any narrow cause if she becomes the first Hispanic on the Supreme Court. "My personal and professional experiences help me listen and understand, with the law always commanding the result in every case," Sotomayor told senators at a nationally televised confirmation hearing. In her remarks, Sotomayor said, "The progression of my life has been uniquely American," that of a child of Puerto Rican parents who moved to New York during World War II. "I want to make one special...
  • loser that was a poor excuse of a person who appeared on msnbc (KOS Tool Chow)

    07/13/2009 12:53:59 PM PDT · by freeamericanfree · 177 replies · 5,065+ views
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  • *Live Thread - Sessions and Schumer differ on Sotomayor style

    07/13/2009 4:39:03 AM PDT · by STARWISE · 504 replies · 16,008+ views
    ap/yahoo news ^ | 7-13-09 | Mark Sherman
    The leading Judiciary Committee Republican is charging that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is "out of the mainstream" of legal thinking and has a very activist judicial profile. Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama made the assertion just hours before Sotomayor, who would be the third woman to join the court, was to face her initial confirmation hearing.
  • Lawyers group gives Sotomayor its highest rating [as Grahamnesty ponders voting for her]

    07/07/2009 4:58:41 PM PDT · by rabscuttle385 · 28 replies · 1,098+ views
    McClatchy ^ | 2009-07-07 | Michael Doyle & David Lightman
    WASHINGTON -- The nation's lawyers and law enforcement leaders gave Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor ringing endorsements Tuesday, even as Republicans tried to rally opposition. With Sotomayor's Senate confirmation hearing less than a week away, the American Bar Association announced that the 54-year-old appellate judge is "well qualified" to serve on the nation's highest court. The unanimous recommendation is the association's highest grade for a potential judge. "The only way she can get derailed is if she performs poorly next week," acknowledged Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., a Senate Judiciary Committee member. He said he was still undecided, but added, "I...
  • Huerta's Unusual Speech Draws Boos, Snickers

    06/17/2009 2:24:03 PM PDT · by Enterprise · 19 replies · 1,476+ views
    KMJ 580 ^ | 6-17-09 | McKai Cartier & Blake Taylor
    "Controversy still swirls after some say a co-founder of the United Farm Workers union hijacked a commencement address at Cal State Bakersfield." "She also slammed America's most-listened-to talk radio host, Rush Limbaugh."
  • Video: Wise White Man vs. Latina Woman?

    06/16/2009 3:13:06 PM PDT · by Abakumov · 7 replies · 653+ views
    The Washington Times ^ | June 16, 2009 | Jim Robbins
    A group of men in yachting caps and an unusual sign took to the streets of Union City, New Jersey asking about Judge Sonia Sotomayor's quote on being a "wise Latina woman." This video is the work of Veritas Visuals and features Jordan Young, Roger Masi, and James O'Keefe.
  • Sotomayor: Of Fish And Men

    05/28/2009 9:25:28 PM PDT · by Kaslin · 3 replies · 364+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | May 28, 2009
    Justice: Sonia Sotomayor fits the administration's requirement for bringing empathy to the law. The problem is that it isn't always for human beings and law-abiding citizens. Fish gotta swim and criminals gotta vote.During his 2005 confirmation hearing, Chief Justice John Roberts said a judge should be like an umpire in baseball: Just call the balls and strikes and don't alter the rules of the game. And don't feel sorry for the first baseman. As President Obama likes to say about the election, he won. He gets to pick judges who have "a little bit of a common touch and a...
  • Sotomayor Guns For 2nd Amendment (CORRECTED)

    06/05/2009 5:14:41 AM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 26 replies · 2,745+ views
    Investor's Business Daily ^ | June 4, 2009 | Editorial
    (Corrected) Gun Control: In a case headed for the Supreme Court, a three-judge panel rules Chicago's gun ban constitutional since the 2nd Amendment doesn't apply to states and cities. High court nominee Sonia Sotomayor concurs.Those Pennsylvania townsfolk bitterly clinging to their guns may have been premature in celebrating the decision in D.C. v. Heller that the 2nd Amendment to the U.S. Constitution does indeed guarantee an individual right to keep and bear arms.
  • Sotomayor Vs. The Death Penalty

    06/08/2009 5:43:37 PM PDT · by WhiteCastle · 4 replies · 494+ views
    IBD Editorials ^ | June 8, 2009 | Editorial staff
    Sonia Sotomayor says the death penalty disproportionately impacts minorities. A question for her: Death sentences are meted out most often to (a) blacks, (b) whites, (c) Hispanics or (d) the guilty. A recently unearthed memo not disclosed on the questionnaire filed with the Senate Judiciary Committee shows that the empathy that the Supreme Court nominee feels is more for the predators among us than their victims. It also shows that some of the reasons this self-proclaimed "wise Latina" has for opposing capital punishment are bogus and flawed.
  • Letter: The 'wise Latina' (Judge Sotomayor)

    05/30/2009 8:23:10 PM PDT · by 2ndDivisionVet · 36 replies · 1,398+ views
    The Salt Lake Tribune ^ | May 29, 2009 | Greg Rampton
    Imagine Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor sitting in a jury pool for a gender and racial discrimination case involving a minority woman who is suing her employer. During jury selection, plaintiff and defense attorneys closely question each prospective juror concerning their background and views on racial and gender issues. In response to an attorney's question as to whether she can reach a fair and unbiased decision based only on the facts, Sotomayor responds: "I would hope that a wise Latina, such as I, with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a...
  • Democrats differ on 'wise Latina' defenses

    05/31/2009 4:57:36 PM PDT · by kennedy · 21 replies · 1,103+ views ^ | June 1, 2009 | KENNETH P. VOGEL & JOSH GERSTEIN
    As Republicans continue to hammer Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor for a 2001 assertion that’s become known as the “wise Latina” remark, her backers are struggling to come up with a single coherent line of defense. In the past few days, supporters confronted with the remark have offered a range of divergent tactics and tones, offering explanations that span from apologetic to defiant to suggesting Sotomayor may have been joking. President Obama himself addressed the bubbling controversy, which is emerging as among the leading GOP lines of attack against Sotomayor, asserting on Friday Sotomayor “would have restated” the comment if...