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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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  • Justice Ginsburg sees what motivates Texas' voter ID law: racism

    Justice Ginsburg sees what motivates Texas' voter ID law: racism
    As one might expect, Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg had no difficulty putting her finger on the point of Texas' voter ID law: it's openly racist.  Ginsburg's colleagues voted 6-3 to allow the Texas law to remain in effect for the upcoming...
  • Supreme Court considers if state board serves public or limits competition

    The Supreme Court could rein in state licensing boards that critics argue have become antitrust "cartels" that hurt consumers and hinder competition. The high court heard arguments Tuesday in a case involving dentists who used their control over a state...
  • Review finds no evidence of bias by prosecutor in 'crack hoes' dispute

    Review finds no evidence of bias by prosecutor in 'crack hoes' dispute
    An internal review found no evidence Ken Lewis, the prosecutor whose Facebook post addressed to "crack hoes" went viral this summer, behaved in a biased manner while handling cases in recent years, records show. Linda Drane Burdick, chief assistant state...
  • High court considers if state boards serve public or limit competition

    High court considers if state boards serve public or limit competition
    States have the power to license doctors and lawyers, and prevent others from offering consumers medical or legal services at a lower cost. But what about the licensing of floral designers, cosmetologists, hair braiders, interior designers or casket...
  • Less than 1 in 4 Americans in survey know Janet Yellen is Fed chair

    Less than 1 in 4 Americans in survey know Janet Yellen is Fed chair
    Janet L. Yellen made history this year when she became the first woman to lead the Federal Reserve, but most Americans apparently didn't notice. Just 24% correctly identified her as the central bank's chair in results of a nationwide poll released...
  • 'The Case Against the Supreme Court' pushes for reforms

    'The Case Against the Supreme Court' pushes for reforms
    Erwin Chemerinsky has made an exemplary career out of teaching, writing and lecturing about the U.S. Supreme Court. And though he has strongly liberal views, he is widely admired for his ability to explain the work of the court in a way that is...
  • Bud Selig's tenure as MLB commissioner might be tough to follow

    Bud Selig's tenure as MLB commissioner might be tough to follow
    The timing of Bud Selig’s pre-retirement news conference at Camden Yards Tuesday was delicious. It was 20 years to the day after major league players walked out and initiated the most disastrous labor showdown in baseball history. The great work...
  • The high court's high-handedness

    It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice. Meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of...
  • Supreme Court hypocrisy in Wheaton College contraceptives case

    Supreme Court hypocrisy in Wheaton College contraceptives case
    It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice — meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the...
  • Utah asks Supreme Court to stay ruling on recognizing same-sex marriage

    Utah filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court on  Wednesday in an effort to avoid having to recognize same-sex marriages performed after its ban on such unions was struck down. A federal judge's decision invalidating the state's ban was...
  • U.S. Supreme Court grants Utah a stay in same-sex marriage case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted Utah’s request for a stay in a appellate court ruling, allowing the state to avoid -- at least for now -- having to recognize about 1,300 same-sex marriages performed after its ban on such unions was struck...