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27 May 2009 @ 07:50 am
Supreme Court Justice Nominee  
Judge Sonia Sotomayor.

What do you think?
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Kriskfrye on May 27th, 2009 03:52 pm (UTC)
SCOTUSblog has some really good information on her actual rulings.
marc17marc17 on May 27th, 2009 07:04 pm (UTC)
My reply copied and pasted from another post that had more to do with her sex and ethincity rather than a general request for comment:

Well, when Souter resigned it was predicted that Obama would pick a female and probably a Hispanic to replace him. In an April 30th article on NPR.ORG, Sotomayor was one of three people named as probably candidates, all women and two Hispanic. I don't think there's any doubt that she is qualified (its not like she's some partisan lawyer without judicial experience or anything), but that sex and ethnicity did come into the picture. Still, it probably needs to be. With few women and no Hispanics on the supreme court, putting one there is a way to diffuse the arguement that the SCTOUS is biased because they're (mostly) all males of European decent. I'm sure that it helped much like good references do on a resume, but that these are not the reasons she got the job but probably contributed to how she won over other suitable candidates.

Other reasons are her judgements. She is a fairly uncontroversial judge. Notice that her sex and ethnicity are the main points of discussion. Nobody is really talking about abortion, gun control, civil rights, etc. etc. etc. They are being looked at, but for the most part, nothing suprising is showing up. While leaning to what is considered liberal in this country, they pretty much match the person she is replacing, keeping the status quo without trying to peg it to the left. They'll probably ask her some questions, review her in congress, and then confirm her and all the commotion will be forgotten.
Khalliskhallis on May 27th, 2009 09:22 pm (UTC)

I'm mildly opposed to her on second amendment grounds. She's certainly not as offensive to me as the Holder nomination was.
nplusmnplusm on May 28th, 2009 06:06 am (UTC)
I don't care for her as a Supreme Court justice candidate.

I believe the Constitution is the inviolate law of the land. While interpretation of the statutes and amendments laid out in the Constitution are subject to interpretation, I believe any end run around Constitutional freedoms to establish "right thinking" judgment is in direct violation of the spirit of the law.

Her judgment in Maloney v. Cuomo it is stated her judgment contained "the Supreme Court held that the Second Amendment "is a limitation only upon the power of Congress and the national government, and not upon that of the state."".

This strikes a particularly bad chord with me. The Constitution is a guarantee of rights from all governments and authorities, not just the Federal government. To offer the states the ability to create laws in violation of a Constitutionally mandated right seems completely unreasonable.

Judging from what I'm reading about her, she's a "pick and choose" Constitutional supporter (like, unfortunately, most of our modern Justices, with the exception of Scalia and Stevens).

While many will state that her gender and racial background is a large portion of her nomination, I think that's specious. The reality is, in my opinion, that there is a bar that must be met to be Supreme Court Justice, and after that bar is met, you want to look at what extra perspective you can add to the court. Increasing the female count on the court and supplying some racial diversity can, in my opinion, only assist in helping the courts make decisions. I do wish, however, they would increase the diversity of legal backgrounds of the justices. It seems that Yale and Harvard sit on the bench all too often.

All in all, she's not the kind of justice I would like to see, because she seems to believe in legislation to create thought, and she believes in heavy government influence in civil citizen matters.

I wish she had stronger standings and rulings on privacy issues. As it is, she seems to be pro-government investigation.

Not my first choice...I was hoping for a strong Freedoms justice.