Posted by: judy | May 26, 2009

And the winner is Sonia Sotomayor

A judge on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Sonia Sotomayor’s biography is so compelling that many view her as the presumptive front-runner for Obama’s first Supreme Court appointment. She grew up in the South Bronx, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents. Her father, a manual laborer who never attended high school, died a year after she was diagnosed with diabetes at the age of eight. She was raised by her mother, a nurse, and went to Princeton and then Yale Law School. She worked as a New York assistant district attorney and commercial litigator before Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan recommended her as a district court nominee to the first President Bush. She would be the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, if you don’t count Benjamin Cardozo. (She went to Catholic schools and would also be the sixth Catholic justice on the current Supreme Court if she is, in fact, Catholic, which isn’t clear from her official biography.) And she has powerful supporters: Last month, the two senators from New York wrote to President Obama in a burst of demographic enthusiasm, urging him to appoint Sotomayor or Ken Salazar. Read complete article.

 Listen to what Sotomayor thinks of the role of the Judicial branch of government . . .



  1. I guess my major concern is not her ethnicity, not her rise to the bench, not her singleness, but as Matt Staver of the Liberty Council said today, will she be an ‘umpire’ and simply decide if laws that come into the Court are in line with the Constitution or not.

    If she is able and willing to do that and NOT be an ‘activitist’ judge, I’m fine with her appointment.

    Unfortunately, her record shows already that she has NOT supported the Constitution in a number of her opinions.

    Did we expect anything else?



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