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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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  • What Obama should have said

    What Obama should have said
    Here is what President Barack Obama should have said when he addressed the American people after his party's massive losses in Tuesday's election: "The American people have spoken. I made this election a referendum on my policies, and now both houses of...
  • How to diversify the Ivy League club that is the Supreme Court

    How to diversify the Ivy League club that is the Supreme Court
    Easy for them to say, since they’re already on the Supreme Court, but three justices agreed the other day that the court isn’t diverse enough. In a forum at their alma mater, Yale Law School, Clarence Thomas, Sonia Sotomayor and Samuel A....
  • Obama's best chance to influence the judiciary may be passing

    Obama's best chance to influence the judiciary may be passing
    When 41-year-old gay rights lawyer Michelle Friedland was confirmed by the Senate in April to the federal bench in San Francisco, Democrats cheered that a liberal woman would become the youngest federal appeals court judge in the nation. But when a...
  • Supreme Court seems to back ex-TSA air marshal's whistle-blower claim

    Supreme Court seems to back ex-TSA air marshal's whistle-blower claim
    Two years after the Sept. 11 attacks, Robert MacLean, an air marshal from south Orange County, learned from a text message of the government's plan to stop using armed marshals on overnight flights from Las Vegas. The aim was to save money. Alarmed by...
  • Vintage raceboats will rev up engines this weekend

    Vintage raceboats will rev up engines this weekend
    The Classic Raceboat Association will present its annual Fall Thunder Vintage Raceboat Regatta this weekend on Lake Dora. The three-day event will feature vintage outboards and inboards, small- and medium-sized and Grand Prix hydroplanes, Jersey speed...
  • Setback for same-sex marriage in Kansas: Justice Sotomayor stays order

    Setback for same-sex marriage in Kansas: Justice Sotomayor stays order
    The day before Kansas was to begin issuing same-sex marriage licenses, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued a stay that temporarily prevents the state from doing so. Last Tuesday, U.S. District Judge Daniel Crabtree issued an injunction...
  • Kansas can issue gay marriage licenses; South Carolina ban struck down

    Kansas can issue gay marriage licenses; South Carolina ban struck down
    Kansas can now issue same-sex marriage licenses after the Supreme Court on Wednesday afternoon ended a stay that temporarily prevented the state from doing so. Earlier Wednesday, a federal judge in South Carolina struck down that state's ban on same-sex...
  • Shame on Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court

    Shame on Texas and the U.S. Supreme Court
    In allowing Texas' voter identification law to go into effect, at least for the November election, the U.S. Supreme Court last week showed the nation precisely what it meant in 2013 when its conservatives struck down the heart of the Voting Rights Act...
  • Who's staying in that hotel?

    Who's staying in that hotel?
    This week the U.S. Supreme Court agreed to rule on the constitutionality of an L.A. city ordinance that gives police easy access to hotel records and punishes hotel managers who don't hand them over with fines or jail time. The justices should agree...
  • 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

    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...