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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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  • Supreme Court shields airlines in defamation case

    Supreme Court shields airlines in defamation case
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday shielded airlines from being sued when they alert the government to threatening or suspicious behavior by their pilots or passengers, even if the reports turn out to be exaggerated or misleading. In a 6-3...
  • Supreme Court deals setback to young relatives of legal immigrants

    Supreme Court deals setback to young relatives of legal immigrants
    Foreign-born grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Americans and legal immigrants will lose their place in line to obtain a visa if they reach age 21 before the process is complete, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. Upholding a disputed part of the law...
  • Supreme Court says IQ cannot determine mental fitness in capital cases

    The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test. "Intellectual...
  • Are Supreme Court justices becoming 'party judges'?

    There’s a tendency for a journalist who covers two beats to start seeing similarities between them. In my career I’ve written a lot about two subjects: religion and the law, and I’m always discerning (or fantasizing) connections...
  • In a post-9/11 America, a victory for 'see something, say something'

    In a post-9/11 America, a victory for 'see something, say something'
    This week the Supreme Court overturned a $1.2-million verdict awarded to a pilot who sued his employer for telling the Transportation Security Administration that he might be armed and mentally unstable. Because the decision was based on a 2001 law...
  • 'Triple Package' poses a triple offensive threat

    More than two centuries ago, our Founding Fathers declared that all humans are born with the same inherent potential. Ever since, having the phrase "created equal" in our Declaration of Independence has been one the coolest things about being an American....
  • 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...
  • Prayer case divides Supreme Court justices along religious lines

    The Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow Christian prayers at city council and other public meetings divided justices not only ideologically, but along religious lines as well. The five justices in majority are Catholics, and they agreed that an...
  • Justice Kennedy has us all in his prayers

    Justice Kennedy has us all in his prayers
    Thank goodness (but not God) for Justice Sonia Sotomayor. If it weren't for her, Monday's Supreme Court ruling upholding prayer before town council meetings in the upstate New York town of Greece would have been a straight-religion vote, with the court'...