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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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  • Returning to the bad old days of the filibuster

    Returning to the bad old days of the filibuster
    This summer, Senate Democrats seemed poised to invoke the "nuclear option" to prevent Republicans from filibustering important Obama administration nominees. Majority Leader Harry Reid drew back at the last minute when Republicans allowed a handful of...
  • U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection

    U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection
    A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested — but not convicted — of serious crimes. The 5-4 decision upheld a state law that allows...
  • Court's DNA decision serves public safety and justice

    The Supreme Court's decision today to uphold Maryland's law allowing the collection of DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes upholds the interests of justice, the Constitution and common sense. Concerns that the DNA samples could violate...
  • Utah same-sex marriage case heads for high court

    Utah same-sex marriage case heads for high court
    Utah officials plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court as early as Thursday to stop same-sex marriages in their state, a last-ditch effort to halt the parade of weddings since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on such unions. The state’...
  • Compromise remains elusive on health law's contraceptive coverage

    Compromise remains elusive on health law's contraceptive coverage
    WASHINGTON — The intensifying Supreme Court clash over whether birth control should be required under President Obama's signature healthcare law has revealed just how deep divisions remain between administration officials and Catholic leaders over...
  • Letters: 'Elites' vs. religious belief

    Re "A 2014 wish list," Editorial, Jan. 1 This wish by The Times reinforces the stereotype of liberal elitists' dismissive responses to conservative viewpoints: "Conservatives who argue that religious liberty is under siege because of gay rights,...
  • U.S. asks Supreme Court not to extend Catholics' contraception exemption

    U.S. asks Supreme Court not to extend Catholics' contraception exemption
    The Obama administration argued Friday that the Affordable Care Act contains sufficient protections for nonprofits that object to providing health coverage for contraception and urged the Supreme Court to reject an appeal from a Catonsville-based Catholic...
  • No need to delay Obamacare birth control rule, administration says

    No need to delay Obamacare birth control rule, administration says
    WASHINGTON -- Obama administration lawyers Friday strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Supreme Court to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate in the new...
  • Delay health mandate fines against ministries [Commentary]

    Delay health mandate fines against ministries [Commentary]
    Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is "a fundamental human right" and warned against the impulse to "relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques." The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to...
  • The Little Sisters' absurd case against Obamacare

    The Little Sisters' absurd case against Obamacare
    The final wheeze of Obamacare news that crossed the wires in 2013 was a New Year's Eve emergency injunction granted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a group of Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes in Denver and Baltimore. At first blush,...
  • Allow gay marriages to continue, Utah couples tell Supreme Court

    Allow gay marriages to continue, Utah couples tell Supreme Court
    WASHINGTON — Since hundreds of same-sex couples already have married in Utah, there is no urgent need for the Supreme Court to intervene now in the legal battle, lawyers for gay couples told the justices. They were responding to an emergency...