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THE SOTOMAYOR NOMINATION
ANOTHER LIBERAL FOR SCOTUS
Second Federal Circuit Justice Sonya Sotomayor (Yale/Princeton) is the President’s nominee to replace retiring Justice David Souter. At first impression, she appears to be a typical liberal nominee, probably one who will vote very much like the justice she is to replace, if she is confirmed.
I believe that she will be forced to recuse
herself from a pending Supreme Court case in which she participated in her
Second Circuit role. That case arose from
an affirmative action promotional dispute in
Here is today’s Associated Press account:
“In one of her most notable decisions, as
an appellate judge she sided last year with the city of
It is not my impression that Justice Sotomayor’s presence on the court will change much, although the record has a number of blanks, particularly on the hot button issue of pro-life vs. pro-choice. The record will stay blank. Like other nominees before her, she will not have to answer the “How will you rule?’ class of cases.
So far I don’t notice sufficient baggage that could generate a republican filibuster. If you are betting, bet on confirmation. The votes are already lined up and the GOP senators don’t have the stomach for a battle.