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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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  • Supreme Court decision on federal raisin rules likely to reshape industry

    WASHINGTON The Supreme Court has pruned a long-running federal raisin supply management program and called its future into question, with a ruling that the government must pay for raisins kept out of the marketplace. In a victory for Fresno County grower...
  • Supreme Court strikes down L.A. law allowing police to examine hotel registries

    Supreme Court strikes down L.A. law allowing police to examine hotel registries
    The Supreme Court has struck down a Los Angeles ordinance that permits the police to check guest registries at motels and hotels at any hour of the day or night. The 5-4 decision upheld a ruling of the U.S. 9th Circuit Court of Appeals that vacated...
  • High court voids routine police check of hotel registries

    The Supreme Court struck down a Los Angeles ordinance Monday that allowed police to inspect hotel guest records on demand. The justices voted 5-4 to reject the city's argument that the measure was needed to help fight prostitution, drug trafficking and...
  • Supreme Court sides with Fresno farmer in raisin dispute

    Supreme Court sides with Fresno farmer in raisin dispute
    The Supreme Court has ruled for a California raisin grower and declared it was unconstitutional for a government-backed agricultural board to claim control of about one-third of his crop. The justices said Marvin Horne from Fresno deserves to be...
  • Obama praises Lynch as tough-but-fair attorney general

    President Barack Obama on Wednesday praised Attorney General Loretta Lynch as tough but fair and committed to justice, traits that have prepared her to make her mark as the American people's lawyer. During a second, ceremonial swearing-in ceremony for...
  • President Obama praises Loretta Lynch as tough-but-fair attorney general

    President Obama praises Loretta Lynch as tough-but-fair attorney general
    President Barack Obama is praising Attorney General Loretta Lynch for hitting the ground running as the American people's lawyer. The president says Lynch is she's proving herself to be a tough but fair attorney general, and he says she sticks to...
  • High court reinstates conviction in death penalty case

    A divided Supreme Court on Thursday reinstated the conviction and death sentence of a California man convicted of murder — even though a lower court made mistakes when it considered whether prosecutors illegally excluded blacks and Hispanics from...
  • One court decision on abortion that does nothing good for women

    One court decision on abortion that does nothing good for women
    In certain parts of Texas, if you need an abortion, your nearest clinic may be in New Mexico. And not because you live on the border.    That's the likely scenario since a panel of the U.S. 5th Circuit Court of Appeals issued a troubling ruling...
  • In Jerusalem passport case, Supreme Court bolsters Obama's foreign policy power

    In Jerusalem passport case, Supreme Court bolsters Obama's foreign policy power
    The Supreme Court on Monday bolstered the constitutional role of the president, and not Congress, in setting the nation’s foreign policy, declaring the executive office has the “exclusive power” to recognize foreign governments and...
  • Supreme Court backs president's foreign policy powers in passport dispute

    Supreme Court backs president's foreign policy powers in passport dispute
    — In striking down a law that allowed Americans born in Jerusalem to have their birthplace recorded as "Israel," the Supreme Court on Monday bolstered the constitutional role of the president in setting the nation's foreign policy. In a 6-3 ruling,...
  • Texas inmate, 67, executed for slayings 31 years ago

    A 67-year-old man convicted of killing four men more than three decades ago was executed Wednesday, making him the oldest of the 526 Texas prisoners put to death since the state resumed carrying out capital punishment in 1982. Lester Bower Jr. was...