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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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  • 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

    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...
  • 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...
  • 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

    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...
  • 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

    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...