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  Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sotomayor Nominated As Newest Edition to SCOTUS.

President Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor as Supreme Court Justice on Tuesday, a position recently vacated by Tired of the Job Justice David Souter. Sotomayor would become the first Latino and the third woman to put on the SCOTUS robe. Republican grumbles in the Senate will certainly follow the nomination as some consider her too “empathetic” for the job.

In 2001, referring to her cultural and socioeconomic background - she grew up in a project in the South Bronx - Sotomayor said “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 who hasn’t lived that life.” Three words: You go girl!

The Los Angeles Times:

President Obama today nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Latino and only the third woman on the nation’s highest court.

[...] Obama, who has said that he wants a new justice with “a common touch” and a measure of “empathy,” also is offering a measure of ethnic diversity to a court dominated by white men in his replacement of the retiring Justice David Souter. The nine-member court includes just one female justice, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, and one black justice, Clarence Thomas.

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Also for a summary of some of Sotomayor[base ']Äôs opinions in civil cases check out the SCOTUS blog here


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