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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 will hear challenge to Oklahoma execution drug

    Supreme Court will hear challenge to Oklahoma execution drug
    A week after the Supreme Court by a 5-4 vote cleared the way for an Oklahoma man to be executed using a controversial new drug, the justices agreed to hear a legal challenge that the drug amounts to cruel and unusual punishment. The sudden turn of...
  • Justice Sotomayor questions deference to lower courts in death penalty cases

    Justice Sotomayor questions deference to lower courts in death penalty cases
    The state of Oklahoma killed a man Thursday night, the first since it botched the execution of another convicted murderer last year. This time, state officials said they would get it right, though the condemned man's protestation that “it hurt. It...
  • 'My body is on fire,' Oklahoma killer claims during execution

    'My body is on fire,' Oklahoma killer claims during execution
    Oklahoma executed a death row inmate Thursday in its first lethal injection since a botched one last spring, and it carried out the punishment with a three-drug method that Florida used for an execution the same night. Charles Frederick Warner's...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • 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...
  • No worker pay for Amazon security screenings, Supreme Court rules

    No worker pay for Amazon security screenings, Supreme Court rules
    The U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday handed a victory to employers over worker compensation, ruling that companies do not have to pay employees for the time they spend undergoing security checks at the end of their shifts in a case involving an Amazon.com...
  • Georgia inmate refused sedatives before lethal injection, officials say

    Georgia inmate refused sedatives before lethal injection, officials say
    Robert Wayne Holsey was executed in Georgia on Tuesday night for the 1997 murder of a sheriff's deputy. Holsey died at 10:51 p.m. after a lethal injection, Gwendolyn Hogan, spokeswoman for the Georgia Department of Corrections, told The Times.  Holsey...
  • Ignorance of the law isn't an acceptable defense, even for police

    It's already too easy for police to stop motorists they consider suspicious using the pretext of a minor violation of traffic laws. Law enforcement will enjoy even more leeway under Monday's misguided Supreme Court decision upholding the legality of stops...
  • Noah Feldman: Supreme Court allows ignorance as excuse for cops

    Well, you heard it here first: Ignorance of the law is an excuse, so long as you're the police. Or so the U.S. Supreme Court has said in an 8-1 decision that symbolically strengthened the hand of the police to make stops even on the basis of nonexistent...
  • 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...