Sonia aka “the Appeals Court makes policy” Sotomayor gets Obama’s nod.
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……Obama nominated federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court Tuesday, citing her “inspiring life story” and “distinguished career” in his decision.
Sotomayor, 54, would be the first Hispanic on the high court if confirmed. She would succeed Justice David Souter, who is retiring.
Sotomayor has the earned reputation of a liberal activist judge. She doesn’t interpret the Constitution, she applies it as she sees fit. Especially with regard to ‘caucasians’.
Perhaps Sotomayor’s most controversial decision was in Ricci v. DeStefano, in which she was part of a panel ruling against a group of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn. — they objected after the city threw out the results of a promotion test because too many white firefighters, and not enough minority firefighters, scored high.
She and two other judges summarily dismissed the case without tackling the complex issues outlined in stacks of briefs and debated in extended oral arguments. Instead, the court issued an unsigned, one-paragraph opinion. Sotomayor’s colleague, Judge Jose Cabranes, was so concerned that he wrote a lengthy dissent highlighting what many saw as an attempt to bury the case.
“This perfunctory disposition rests uneasily with the weighty issues presented by this appeal,” he wrote.
The discrimination case was later kicked up to the Supreme Court, and a decision is expected by late June.
Sotomayor has a record of being rebuffed by the high court. Of the six decisions she was a part of that came before the high court, five were reversed. In the sixth, the court disagreed with Sotomayor’s reasoning.
She doesn’t want equal rights, she wants heavy favoritism toward minorities, whether they’re qualified or not.
From a speech to radical group La Raza:
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 males in the SCOTUS had better take note. Her ethnicity, not legal experience on the bench, gives her the ability to make ‘better decisions’.
If she gets confirmed, it’ll be another notch in Obama’s socialist belt.