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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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  • The high court's high-handedness

    It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice. Meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the end of...
  • Supreme Court hypocrisy in Wheaton College contraceptives case

    Supreme Court hypocrisy in Wheaton College contraceptives case
    It is a case of Supreme hypocrisy. The adjective refers to that nine-person tribunal at the top of the American legal system, the noun to its latest act of judicial malpractice — meaning not the notorious Hobby Lobby decision handed down at the...
  • Utah asks Supreme Court to stay ruling on recognizing same-sex marriage

    Utah filed an emergency request with the U.S. Supreme Court on  Wednesday in an effort to avoid having to recognize same-sex marriages performed after its ban on such unions was struck down. A federal judge's decision invalidating the state's ban was...
  • U.S. Supreme Court grants Utah a stay in same-sex marriage case

    The U.S. Supreme Court on Friday granted Utah’s request for a stay in a appellate court ruling, allowing the state to avoid -- at least for now -- having to recognize about 1,300 same-sex marriages performed after its ban on such unions was struck...
  • Supreme Court awards Wheaton College temporary exemption on Obamacare birth control

    Supreme Court awards Wheaton College temporary exemption on Obamacare birth control
    The Supreme Court gave Wheaton College a temporary exemption from birth control coverage required by President Barack Obama's health reform law, days after ruling that for-profit employers can opt out for religious reasons. The court said on Thursday...
  • The Supreme Court's muddy new ruling on the contraceptive mandate

    In a bizarre attempt to have it both ways, the Supreme Court held that a small evangelical Protestant college in Illinois did not have to include contraceptive coverage in employee health insurance even though it didn't fill out the paperwork the...
  • At Supreme Court, baffling decision follows awful Hobby Lobby ruling

    Over the weekend, without a pressing deadline at hand, I sat down to read more closely the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s strong dissent. Maybe, in the heat of deadline, I had missed something important...
  • Some (considered) fixes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act

     Some (considered) fixes to the Religious Freedom Restoration Act
    When the Supreme Court unwisely ruled that some companies can decline on religious grounds to cover contraceptives in their employee health plans, it was interpreting not the 1st Amendment but a federal statute, the Religious Freedom Restoration Act....
  • Supreme Court on unions: Could have been worse, but still not good

    Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia could have ridden to the rescue of public employee unions in Harris vs. Quinn, the important labor rights case the Court decided Monday, as some scholars thought he might. But he didn't.   In a 1991 case, Scalia...
  • Vacations by the book

    Vacations by the book
    Carla Hayden is one of Baltimore's best-known book lovers, one who has spent 21 years at the helm of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library. When the busy bibliophile takes time off to travel, she appreciates accommodations where books are part of the...
  • Convicted Missouri killer executed Wednesday; parents got 'justice'

    Convicted Missouri killer executed Wednesday; parents got 'justice'
    A Missouri man convicted in the rape and murder of a 24-year-old woman was executed at 12:01 a.m. Wednedsay after the U.S. Supreme Court denied a stay and Gov. Jay Nixon rejected his plea for clemency, according to statements issued Tuesday. Michael...