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Supreme Court Reverses Sotomayor

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 29, 2009 at 9:52am 6/29/2009 at 9:52am

In a 5-4 ruling authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy, the U.S. Supreme Court has reversed the ruling by Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor and two other Court of Appeals judges in...

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Are The Justices Delaying The Ricci Decision?

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, June 14, 2009 at 3:18pm 6/14/2009 at 3:18pm

The Blog of Legal Times (BLT) is reporting that U.S. Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg stated recently that she expected Sonia Sotomayor to be confirmed, and that Sotomayor would be a welcomed and qualified addition to the Court. BLT noted that such commentary by a seated Justice about a pending...

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The 70’s Made Sotomayor Do It

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, June 9, 2009 at 6:44am 6/9/2009 at 6:44am

In today’s New York Times, columnist David Brooks has a novel theory of why Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s Latina identity has worked its way into Sotomayor’s speeches, if not her judicial decisions: Blame it on the 1970’s.

No, seriously. According to Brooks, Sotomayor had bad luck in being born in 1954,...

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Sotomayor’s Supporters May Spin Her Out Of A Job

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Posted by  ▪  Wednesday, June 3, 2009 at 5:21pm 6/3/2009 at 5:21pm

The White House explanation for Sonia Sotomayor’s 2001 “wise Latina” statement was that Sotomayor used a “poor” choice of words and certainly would “restate”...

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What Sandra Day O’Connor Said

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, June 1, 2009 at 2:34pm 6/1/2009 at 2:34pm

In my post yesterday, I noted that Washington Post columnist Ruth Marcus wasn’t “buying” the Obama administration spin that Sonia Sotomayor made a “poor” choice of words or misspoke in her speech in 2001 when Sotomayor said “I...

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Sotomayor “Meant What She Said and Said What She Meant”

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 11:21am 5/31/2009 at 11:21am

Ruth Marcus is a columnist for the Washington Post. By any standard, Marcus is left-of-center, not an Obama-basher, and not hostile to liberal causes. So when Marcus rejects the White House spin on Sonia Sotomayor’swise Latina” statement, it deserves attention:

Nice try, Mr. President, but I’m not buying the poor-choice-of-words defense...

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Those Other “Unfortunate” Words

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 31, 2009 at 8:35am 5/31/2009 at 8:35am

“Scott, you said that – or the President said, repeatedly, that Harriet Miers was the best person for the job. So does that mean Alito is sloppy seconds, or what?”

CBS News Correspondent, John Roberts, at White House Press Briefing, questioning White House Press Secretary Scott McClellan. Roberts later apologized, saying...

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Prominent Constitutional Scholar Warns Of “Stealth Nominee”

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 5:14pm 5/30/2009 at 5:14pm

Bruce Ackerman, a prominent constitutional law professor at Yale Law School, warned against the tactic of “stealth” Supreme Court nominations, where an ideologically driven President who seeks to change the direction of the Supreme Court nomin...

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Sotomayor’s Damned Statistics

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Posted by  ▪  Saturday, May 30, 2009 at 8:57am 5/30/2009 at 8:57am

“There are lies, damned lies, and statistics.” So it is said. We now have reached stage three of the Sotomayor debate, because we are into statistical analysis of her opinions and dissents.

First, some backdrop on statistics as relates to Supreme Court nominees. During the confirmation process for Samuel Alito, then law...

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Misleading Sotomayor Headline Of The Day

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 29, 2009 at 10:37pm 5/29/2009 at 10:37pm

At a 2001 conference, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor uttered these now-famous words:

“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.”

The White House has acknowledged that ...

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Sotomayor’s Disparate Impact

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 29, 2009 at 8:18am 5/29/2009 at 8:18am

The New York Times has an article today about Sonia Sotomayor’s board membership at the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEP) starting in the 1980s until she joined the federal judiciary in 1992. According to the article, Sotomayor was far from a passive board member, and took an active...

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Release The Sotomayor Memos

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 28, 2009 at 9:31am 5/28/2009 at 9:31am

Barack Obama campaigned on the theme of a new era of transparency. Obama used that theme as a justification for the release of four highly classified internal Justice Department memos detailing strategies for interrogation of alQaeda detainees, over the objections of Obama’s own Director of the CIA.

It’s time to bring that...

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Federal Challenge to Prop. 8

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Posted by  ▪  Tuesday, May 26, 2009 at 11:16pm 5/26/2009 at 11:16pm

A federal lawsuit has been filed challenging Proposition 8 (via Instapundit and Volokh Conspiracy). The lawsuit was filed last Friday, May 22, 2009, by noted Republican attorney Ted Olson, and noted Democratic attorney David Boies. Olson and Boies were on opposite sides of...

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CBS News On Souter Replacement

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Posted by  ▪  Sunday, May 17, 2009 at 9:30pm 5/17/2009 at 9:30pm

My comments appear at 0.30 of the video, here.

(I have removed the embedded CBS video since it apparently had an auto-run feature which understandably annoyed some viewers; if I can figure out how to get rid of the auto-run, I’ll repost it)

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Which Seat Would Cass Sunstein Fill?

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Posted by  ▪  Monday, May 11, 2009 at 9:30am 5/11/2009 at 9:30am

Cass Sunstein has a problem if he wants to get on the Supreme Court. It’s not his intellect or credentials. According to Elena Kagan, also a contender for the high court, “Cass Sunstein is the pre-eminent legal scholar of our time — the most wide-ranging, the most prolific, the most cited,...

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Good NY Times

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Posted by  ▪  Friday, May 8, 2009 at 9:48pm 5/8/2009 at 9:48pm

NY Times links to and quotes from my post on potential Supreme Court replacement for David Souter:

William Jacobson of Legal Insurrection seems to agree th...

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Yglesias Uses Bigoted Slur To Object To Bigotry

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Posted by  ▪  Thursday, May 7, 2009 at 7:39am 5/7/2009 at 7:39am

Matthew Yglesias is one of the best-known left-wing bloggers who does not hesitate to attack anyone he considers to be bigoted (under very expansive and political definitions). Yglesias blogs at Think Progress, a blog run by the Center for American Progress. Think Progress, much like Media Matters (also started by CAP),...

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