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Breaking News: Obama Picks First Latina Supreme Court Justice May 26, 2009

Filed under: Supreme Court — afrocity @ 8:09 AM
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May 26 07:43 AM US/Eastern
Associated Press Writer

President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.
If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Two officials described Obama’s decision on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.

Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.

A formal announcement was expected at midmorning.

Obama had said publicly he wanted a justice who combined intellect and empathy—the ability to understand the troubles of everyday Americans.

Democrats hold a large majority in the Senate, and barring the unexpected, Sotomayor’s confirmation should be assured.

If approved, she would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the current court.

Sotomayor is a self-described “Newyorkrican” who grew up in a Bronx housing project after her parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico. She has dealt with diabetes since age 8 and lost her father at age 9, growing up under the care of her mother in humble surroundings. As a girl, inspired by the Perry Mason television show, she knew she wanted to be a judge.

A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, a former prosecutor and private attorney, Sotomayor became a federal judge for the Southern District of New York in 1992.

As a judge, she has a bipartisan pedigree. She was first appointed by a Republican, President George H.W. Bush, then named an appeals judge by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

It is no surprise that Obama chose a woman and I am pleased with that but what she stands for is unknown to me besides hearing that she is extremely liberal. Frankly, I prefer the Supreme Court to have a bipartisan feel, meaning a mixture of both conservatives and liberals. Their job is to uphold the law according to the constitution. If appointed, I would see her as just another liberal replacement for Souter. Congratulations to Sonia Sotomayor, good luck during confirmation.

Here is Karl Rove saying a few things about Sotomayor seems as though conservatives will be against her. I will look into this later. I do agree with conservatives that Obama’s “empathy” statement is somewhat troublesome . “Empathy” really has nothing to do with law or logic.

There was also much fodder made about her statements in this video. Sotomayor’s “We don’t make law” statement raised a few eyebrows.


15 Responses to “Breaking News: Obama Picks First Latina Supreme Court Justice”

  1. SYD Says:

    Sonia is not “extremely liberal.” She is a true moderate with an eye for justice.

    This is a good pick… no matter which side of the aisle you are on.

    • afrocity Says:

      Depends on who you ask 😉

      I was told this weekend that I am extremely conservative.

    • ghostofsparta Says:

      But what if I don’t think a supreme court nominee should have an “eye for justice” but rather a “deep, concrete understanding of the Constitution and the basic principle that it espouses.”

      But do go on, and explain what a “true moderate” looks like.

  2. Rodrigo Díaz Says:

    President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.

    Not exactly TRUE…The first Female of Iberian roots, is more correct.

    Benjamin N. Cardozo/Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court In office March 14, 1932 – July 9, 1938

    Sotomayor on a shortlist of possible nominees. On May 26, 2009, Obama nominated Sotomayor to the court. If confirmed, she would be the court’s first Latina justice (and the second Ibero-American justice, after Benjamin N. Cardozo).

  3. As usual, I was concerned about different aspects. I won’t do a re-post of my blog entry here.

    Let’s just say that I am concerned, and further, that we all need to take the time to actually find out what she has said, and done, in proper context.

    • afrocity Says:

      I have been too worried about North Korea to think about her.
      She will be confirmed. I do not like her statements on being a Latina and how that somehow gives her a richer experience than others.

      • I’m pulling in some info from some folks in the know about the situation in Korea.

        It may be as simple as more saber rattling, or it could in fact me more troublesome.

    • afrocity Says:

      Keep me posted Patrick.

      • i’ve been worried about that situation too. i’ve got some friends over in S. Korea and saber rattling or not, I sure wish we had McCain steady hand on the tiller instead of this loon

  4. manbearpig68 Says:

    No reason to get overly concerned about this appointment. Only way she is not going to get in there is if she didn’t pay her taxes. She is liberal and full of it and she is part of a package loss. There’s more to come..

    • boldandbald Says:

      LOL. I was thinking that not paying her taxes was probably a prerequisite for her being nominated. 🙂

      • manbearpig68 Says:

        I heard they are limiting appointments w/tax problems to a max of 5 so she could be in trouble if she didn’t pay. They have to draw the line somewhere.

        Prerequisite list for appointees probably includes many things:
        Racist comments
        Non-payment of taxes
        Strong knowledge of pay to play
        Strong belief in changing the constitution
        Growing up in an underprivileged environment and through some miracle, attaining an Elite education.

        I just realized that I could go on and on with this and It already looks like Obama himself.

  5. manbearpig68 Says:

    Kind of like God creating man in his own image.. Obama-“I will form a government in my own image”

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