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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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  • Affirmative action isn't a constitutional issue

    Reading strongly held views about political morality into the U.S. Constitution is a powerful temptation on both sides of the political divide. That's one lesson of the heated debate between Supreme Court justices in this week's split decision to uphold a...
  • Debunking Affirmative Action Euphemism

    Anodyne euphemisms often indicate an uneasy conscience or a political anxiety. Or both, as when the 1976 Democratic platform chose "compensatory opportunity" as a way of blurring the fact that the party favored racial discrimination in the form of...
  • Do you drive? Then you'll want to know about this Supreme Court ruling.

    Do you drive? Then you'll want to know about this Supreme Court ruling.
    Given the danger posed by drunk or reckless drivers, police should follow up on information — even information from an anonymous source — that a vehicle might be careening down a street or threatening other motorists and pedestrians. If they...
  • 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’...
  • Utah delays asking Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages

    WASHINGTON -- It will likely be several days before Utah asks the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages in the state, the Utah attorney general’s office said Thursday. The state had been expected to file a petition with the court as...
  • TV Review: 'The Kennedy Center Honors'

    "The Kennedy Center Honors" is always a joyous and classy affair, and this year's telecast gets a modest upgrade -- airing on a Sunday night, albeit still in the arid window between Christmas and New Year's. Yet the 36th edition of this annual celebration...
  • Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to lead NYC New Year's Eve countdown

    New York City is going to kick in the new year with one of its own: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, has been tapped to lead the Times Square countdown on New Year's Eve on Tuesday. The announcement was made...
  • Utah asks Supreme Court to restore gay marriage ban

    WASHINGTON - Utah’s attorney general asked the U.S. Supreme Court on Tuesday to restore a state law banning same-sex marriages by issuing an emergency stay of a lower court’s ruling that held gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to...
  • Times Square ball drop has some oddball counterparts

    When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — who will lead the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration Tuesday — touches off New York City's ball drop, the illuminated orb won't be the only thing falling around the country at midnight. These...
  • 7 weird items that will drop New Year's Eve (not the Times Square ball)

    The Times Square ball won't be the only that item that will be dropping from high perches around the country for the New Year's Eve countdown. The illuminated crystal ball that descends in New York City a minute before midnight has become such a famous...
  • Utah appeal may force Supreme Court to take up gay marriage question

    WASHINGTON — With an emergency appeal filed Tuesday by Utah, the U.S. Supreme Court is again facing a difficult decision on whether gays and lesbians have a constitutional right to marry — a question the justices carefully dodged last year....