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Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
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  • Time to bury the death penalty

    For tradition, ritual, dignity and decorum, there's nothing like the United States Supreme Court. I attended the last non-argument session of the court this season, the first time I'd ever been in the building. And, believe me, it wasn't easy. I could...
  • Obamacare ruling brings relief to Florida

    Obamacare ruling brings relief to Florida
    — A Supreme Court decision on Thursday upholding subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act brought relief to more than a million Floridians who depend on them to save thousands of dollars on their policies each year. Florida...
  • Supreme Court dissenters signal historic challenge to death penalty

    Supreme Court dissenters signal historic challenge to death penalty
    The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Oklahoma to continue using a lethal drug cocktail for executions, but, in a surprising dissent, two liberal justices opened the door to what could become a historic challenge to the death penalty itself. By a...
  • Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

    Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is...
  • Supreme Court upholds use of drug implicated in botched executions

    Supreme Court upholds use of drug implicated in botched executions
    Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is...
  • Execution drug legal, but process flawed

    Execution drug legal, but process flawed
    What will Florida do? Will the Sunshine State race to roll out the death row gurney as soon as possible? Will Gov. Scott waste no time resuming capital punishment in light of Monday's sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court decision, legalizing the state's...
  • Florida's lethal-injection drug gets Supreme Court nod

    Florida's lethal-injection drug gets Supreme Court nod
    The Supreme Court's decision Monday to uphold the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions will have ramifications for the 395 people on Florida's death row as well as on the upcoming execution of a man who killed four family members...
  • Supreme Court upholds use of death penalty drug

    WASHINGTON A bitterly divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld a drug combination used by Oklahoma to execute death row inmates. In the most closely watched capital punishment case of the court's term, and one that provoked strong feelings from both sides,...
  • Supreme Court gay marriage ruling praised by Illinois advocates

     Supreme Court gay marriage ruling praised by Illinois advocates
    Armed with a red rose for his husband, Vincent Cousineau walked along North Halsted Street in Chicago on Friday, cheering at honking cars celebrating the news that the nation's high court had struck down bans on same-sex marriages, effectively making...
  • Liberal justices prevail in high-profile Supreme Court cases

    The Supreme Court term that is nearing its end shows how silence can signal success. With a notable paucity of dissents and not a single word to say about same-sex marriage, health care or housing discrimination, the court's liberal justices prevailed in...
  • U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage

    U.S. Supreme Court rules in favor of same-sex marriage
    Same-sex marriage is now the law of the land. The Supreme Court, by a 5-4 vote, on Friday overturned a decision by the Sixth Circuit Court of Appeals that Ohio's same-sex marriage ban did not violate the U.S. Constitution. "No union is more profound...