Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Obama Picks Sotomayer for Supreme Court

Supreme Court nominee's path looks clear

San Francisco Chronicle — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's nominee for the Supreme Court, appears headed for a relatively smooth confirmation, to the dismay of conservatives who see her selection as a bold move to shift the court to the left, especially on business issues.
Democrats hold an overwhelming 57-vote Senate majority and Republicans denounced filibusters to block former President George W. Bush's judicial nominations. Republicans were adamant about upholding the tradition of straight up-or-down votes on Supreme Court nominees.
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Sotomayor’s Rulings Are Exhaustive but Often Narrow

New York Times — Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial opinions are marked by diligence, depth and unflashy competence. If they are not always a pleasure to read, they are usually models of modern judicial craftsmanship, which prizes careful attention to the facts in the record and a methodical application of layers of legal principles.
Judge Sotomayor, whom President Obama announced Tuesday as his choice for the Supreme Court, has issued no major decisions concerning abortion, the death penalty, gay rights or national security. In cases involving criminal defendants, employment discrimination and free speech, her rulings are more liberal than not.
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Sotomayor Nomination Renews Roe V. Wade Debate

CBS News — For over three decades, the topic that matters the most during a Senate confirmation hearing for an aspiring member of the U.S. Supreme Court has remained the same: abortion.
Until the Roe v. Wade decision in 1973, abortion had been a matter of state law, with some states broadly permitting abortions, and others imposing strict limits on the procedure. A challenge to a Texas law, originally enacted in 1854, led to the Supreme Court's famous 7-2 ruling that described a constitutional "right of privacy" that encompassed a woman's right to "an abortion free of interference by the state."
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