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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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  • Editorial: Looking for rules about drones

    Quite often, it takes laws a few years to catch up to technology. It's been no exception when it comes to unmanned aircraft systems — commonly known as drones. The state of Maryland is trying to get its arms around the issue, though, when...
  • Time to bury the death penalty

    For tradition, ritual, dignity and decorum, there's nothing like the United States Supreme Court. I attended the last non-argument session of the court this season, the first time I'd ever been in the building. And, believe me, it wasn't easy. I could...
  • Why we need lifetime terms for Supreme Court justices

     
    Recently, the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) has gone through landmark court cases, from protection of the Affordable Care Act to the legalization of same-sex marriage nationwide. For conservatives, this has proven to be a step backward,...
  • Obamacare ruling brings relief to Florida

    Obamacare ruling brings relief to Florida
    — A Supreme Court decision on Thursday upholding subsidies for health insurance under the Affordable Care Act brought relief to more than a million Floridians who depend on them to save thousands of dollars on their policies each year. Florida...
  • Supreme Court dissenters signal historic challenge to death penalty

    Supreme Court dissenters signal historic challenge to death penalty
    The Supreme Court cleared the way Monday for Oklahoma to continue using a lethal drug cocktail for executions, but, in a surprising dissent, two liberal justices opened the door to what could become a historic challenge to the death penalty itself. By a...
  • Supreme Court upholds use of controversial execution drug

    Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is...
  • Supreme Court upholds use of drug implicated in botched executions

    Supreme Court upholds use of drug implicated in botched executions
    Trading sharp words, a deeply divided Supreme Court upheld the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions Monday, even as two dissenting justices said for the first time they think it's "highly likely" the death penalty itself is...
  • Execution drug legal, but process flawed

    Execution drug legal, but process flawed
    What will Florida do? Will the Sunshine State race to roll out the death row gurney as soon as possible? Will Gov. Scott waste no time resuming capital punishment in light of Monday's sharply divided U.S. Supreme Court decision, legalizing the state's...
  • Florida's lethal-injection drug gets Supreme Court nod

    Florida's lethal-injection drug gets Supreme Court nod
    The Supreme Court's decision Monday to uphold the use of a controversial drug in lethal-injection executions will have ramifications for the 395 people on Florida's death row as well as on the upcoming execution of a man who killed four family members...
  • Supreme Court upholds use of death penalty drug

    WASHINGTON A bitterly divided Supreme Court on Monday upheld a drug combination used by Oklahoma to execute death row inmates. In the most closely watched capital punishment case of the court's term, and one that provoked strong feelings from both sides,...
  • Liberal justices prevail in high-profile Supreme Court cases

    The Supreme Court term that is nearing its end shows how silence can signal success. With a notable paucity of dissents and not a single word to say about same-sex marriage, health care or housing discrimination, the court's liberal justices prevailed in...