About Sonia Sotomayor

Friday, May 29, 2009

How about we put in the most liberal Supreme Court justice ever? Sounds like par for the course for the ObamaNation.

  • President Obama has threatened to nominate liberal judicial activists who will indulge their left-wing policy preferences instead of neutrally applying the law. In selecting Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his Supreme Court nominee, President Obama has carried out his threat.

  • Judge Sotomayor will allow her feelings and personal politics to stand in the way of basic fairness. In a recent case, Ricci v. DeStefano, Sotomayor sided with a city that used racially discriminatory practices to deny promotions to firefighters. The per curiam opinion Sotomayor joined went so far out of its way to bury the firefighters' important claims of unfair treatment that her colleague, Judge Jose Cabranes, a Clinton appointee, chastised her.

  • According to Judge Cabranes, Sotomayor's opinion contains no reference whatsoever to the constitutional claims at the core of this case" and its "perfunctory disposition rests uneasily with the weighty issues presented by this appeal." Even the liberal Washington Post columnist Richard Cohen expressed disappointment with the case, stating, "Ricci is not just a legal case but a man who has been deprived of the pursuit of happiness on account of race."

  • Sotomayor's terrible decision in Ricci is under review by the Supreme Court and an opinion is expected by the end of June.

  • Sotomayor readily admits that she applies her feelings and personal politics when deciding cases. In a 2002 speech at Berkeley, she stated that she believes it is appropriate for a judge to consider their "experiences as women and people of color," which she believes should "affect our decisions." She went on to say in that same speech I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experience would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life." She reiterated her commitment to that lawless judicial philosophy at Duke Law School in 2005 when she stated that the "Court of Appeals is where policy is made."

  • The poor quality of Sotomayor's decisions is reflected in her terrible record of reversals by the Supreme Court.

  • Sotomayor is a favorite of far left special interest groups. In addition to her record as a hard left judicial activist, Sotomayor has been recommended for the Supreme Court by Nan Aron of the very liberal Alliance for Justice, who stated in a 2004 memo to the Senate Judiciary Committee that Sotomayor had "been through an initial vetting and fit into the criteria that we believe should be the standard for any Supreme Court justice."

  • The White House is sure to argue that Sotomayor is a "bipartisan pick" because Bush 41 appointed her to the district court: President George H.W. Bush nominated Sotomayor in 1991 only because the New York senators had forced on the White House a deal that enabled Senator Moynihan to name one of every four district court nominees in New York. In 1998, 29 Republican senators voted against President Clinton's nomination of Sotomayor to the Second Circuit.

[More at http://www.aboutsoniasotomayor.com/]


PersonalFailure said...

You might want to actually read the decision reached in the Ricci case.If you don't wish to do that, here is an excellent look at the complexities of that case.

Also, "terrible record of reversals by the Supreme Court"? Sotomayor has adjudicated 380 cases in her time on the bench. Of these 380 cases, 5 have been heard by the Supreme Court. 3 were overturned. That means that 0.7% of all the cases she adjudicated were overturned by the Supreme Court.

The "complexities?" You mean the liberal spin? Firefighters were denied promotion because there were no Blacks among them. That is racist. I don't care how you spin it or which academics claim it proves their model of how racist America is. Color blind justice means just that, not reversing the so-called discrimination to bring about someone's idea of "social justice."

I don't like a judge who thinks that she is the creator of law, rather than the people. Ours is not supposed to be a country run by nine Dictators-for-Life. Justices are supposed to enforce the law, but she is on a mission to change it to fit her personal agenda.

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