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Sotomayor's Law Clerks Praise Her in Letter

Updated 11:04 a.m.
By Michael D. Shear
Forty-five of Sonia Sotomayor's law clerks offered their unqualified support for their former boss to become the next associate justice of the Supreme Court as she prepared to meet with members of Congress tomorrow.

In a letter to the bipartisan leadership in the Senate, the former clerks called her qualifications "indisputably stellar" and said they can each "attest to her intellectual prowess, extraordinary work ethic, and commitment to the rule of law."

The former clerks -- who are now prosecutors, private lawyers, judges and professors -- did not address the controversies swirling around some of the judge's comments, or her decision in the New Haven firefighter's case.

But they noted what they said was her ability to bring her "real-world" experience to the bench.

"She brings to each case not only her formidable intellect, but also her practical judgment, honed from years of real-world law practice and experience solving difficult problems as a federal district court and appellate judge," they wrote. "For those of us who know her well,
she is truly an inspiration, and we know that she will serve as a superb role model
for countless young people."

The letter was released to the press by the White House, part of an ongoing campaign to bolster the case for her nomination even as some conservative critics assault her credentials.

Republican senators have held back their fire, saying over the weekend that they will provide a fair hearing for the judge. But the rhetoric from some conservative commentators has continued to intensify.

In their letter, the former clerks confront one criticism: that the judge has a prickly temperament. In response, the clerks said that "She is a judge who is tough and fair, yet highly respectful of her colleagues in the judiciary (including those with whom she sometimes disagrees) and the litigants appearing before her."

And they concluded by calling her "an extraordinary judge and an extraordinary woman. Her combination of intellect, integrity, and vast experience will make her an outstanding Supreme Court Justice."

Posted at 9:48 AM ET on Jun 1, 2009  | Category:  Supreme Court
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This woman is a racist because she is a member of La Raza

Posted by: runninbear | June 2, 2009 1:21 PM

At issue is a 2001 statement in which Sotomayor expressed hope that a "wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."


Sotomayor is a racist, is she going to be a justice for all of us or just a justice for a few of us ?

As MLK says "NO JUSTICE NO PEACE"

Posted by: fan2lee1 | June 1, 2009 8:23 PM

This really is some incredible stuff. I can't believe people who manipulate others can actually argue with these acomplishments. Obama will win the Hispanic vote in 2012 unanimously...
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A history major, Sotomayor wrote her senior thesis at Princeton on Luis Muñoz Marín, the first democratically elected Governor of Puerto Rico, and on the territory's struggles for economic and political self-determination.

The thesis won honorable mention for the Latin American Studies Thesis Prize. She won the Pyne Prize, the top award for undergraduates, which reflected both strong grades and extracurricular activities.

She was also elected to Phi Beta Kappa. In 1976 she was awarded an A.B. from Princeton, graduating summa cum laude. Sotomayor has described her time at Princeton as a life-changing experience.

Posted by: opp88 | June 1, 2009 3:49 PM

Supreme Court Shoo-In?

by Miguel Perez, columnist.

She meets all the politically correct qualifications the Obama administration is seeking in its first Supreme Court nominee. As a woman, Sonia Sotomayor would help balance the court's lopsided 8-1 gender scale. As a Latina, she would give Hispanics long-overdue representation on our highest court. As a Bronx, N.Y., native and product of a single-parent home, she has the real-life experiences that President Barack Obama considers necessary.

As a sitting federal judge who has been nominated by both Republican and Democratic administrations, she could be a shoo-in when she seeks Senate confirmation. As a child of the projects who got to study at Princeton and Yale and became a successful career woman, she would become a huge role model. As a left-of-center jurist on the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in Manhattan, she probably meets all the litmus tests the Democrats deny they will apply when searching to replace retiring Justice David Souter.

Posted by: opp88 | June 1, 2009 3:44 PM

THE LAW IN A NUT SHELL... Ricci case.

Title VII of the Civil Rights Act makes it illegal for an employer to hire, fire, or promote workers based on race or skin color.

The law also authorizes victims of discrimination to sue an employer if a promotion test exerts a disparate impact on minority workers.

Mr. Meade says that rather than discriminating against the top scorers in the test, the city merely took action to avoid a potential violation of the disparate impact prohibition within Title VII.

Major features of the Civil Rights Act of 1964.


Title I:
Title II:
Title III:
Title IV:
Title V:
Title VI:

Title VII of the Act, codified as Subchapter VI of Chapter 21 of 42 U.S.C. § 2000e et seq., prohibits discrimination by covered employers on the basis of race, color, religion, sex or national origin (see 42 U.S.C. § 2000e-2).

Title VII also prohibits discrimination against an individual because of his or her association with another individual of a particular race, color, religion, sex, or national origin. An employer cannot discriminate against a person because of his interracial association with another, such as by an interracial marriage.

Title 42 of the United States Code is the title of the United States Code dealing with public health, social welfare, and civil rights.

Posted by: opp88 | June 1, 2009 3:15 PM

MISS CALIFORNIA WHITE BEAUTY CARRIE PREJEAN
QUOTE... "THIS SHOULDN'T HAPPEN IN AMERICA"

DID NEWT, LIMBAUGH, HANNITY, TANCREDO, LIDDY ANYONE CALL HER A RACIST?

THE FUNNY THING ABOUT "THE PREJEAN NATIONAL SECURTY CONCERN" WAS...

SEAN HANNITY, GINGRICH AND LIMBAUGH WERE TRIPPING ALL OVER THEMSELVES TRYING TO GO SAVE PREJEAN FROM THE LIBERAL MEDIA... wink wink!

you can tell by the Hannity/Prejean interview... Hannity's mind was not on the LIBERAL MEDIA...hahahahahahahahaha, if you get my drift?

Posted by: opp88 | June 1, 2009 3:12 PM

If i made a public statement that i could do a better job in my career that a black or latino because of my race and experience i would be fired and maybe sued. How is Sotomayor different?

Racial equity is necessary in this country. She is not promoting equality!

Posted by: JerryB2 | June 1, 2009 1:25 PM

Political backlash expected from Tiller’s shooting

By DAVID KLEPPER
The Star’s Topeka correspondent

Orlin Wagner
At a vigil Sunday for George Tiller at Old Town Square in Wichita, Sarah Anderson took photos of the event. Tiller died in a shooting at his church earlier in the day.

Breaking News

George Tiller shooting in custody in Johnson CountyWichita abortion provider George Tiller shot to death at Wichita churchGeorgia sends MU home from softball series

WICHITA | The bullet that killed George Tiller on Sunday did what lawmakers, prosecutors and grassroots activists never could: end the career of the nation’s most prominent abortion provider.

Posted by: opp88 | June 1, 2009 12:12 PM

Scott P. Roeder, 51, of Merriam, was arrested on Interstate 35 near Gardner nearly four hours after Tiller was shot to death just after 10 a.m. in the lobby of Reformation Lutheran Church in Wichita. Roeder was a member of an anti-government group in the 1990s and a staunch abortion opponent.
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Obama said in a statement, "However profound our differences as Americans over difficult issues such as abortion, they cannot be resolved by heinous acts of violence."
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Is this action surprising to anyone when the "radical right" continuously blame President Barack Obama for this practice, be it on FOXNEWS CABLE with Sean Hannity's America, Glenn Beck preaching the hate.

And others like... Ann Coulter, Michelle Bachmann, Michael Steele, Sarah Palin, Mike Huchabee and Churches has commented on this practice with villianizing rhetoric. Does the discussion have to end with violence?

Hannity, Steele, Bachmann, Limbaugh, Beck, Palin even Newt, Cheney and the GOP should step foward calling this act senseless.

All should publically advocate peaceful non-violent solutions, ASAP.

Posted by: opp88 | June 1, 2009 11:18 AM

BUT WHERE DOES SOTOMAYOR STAND ON COVERTLY IMPLANTED GPS TRACKING 'BEACONS' USED BY FEDERALLY-FUNDED CIVILIAN VIGILANTES TO STALK AND HARASS UNJUSTLY 'TARGETED' AMERICANS?


The Obama administration's willingness to embrace the Bush era's "extrajudicial targeting and punishment network" -- in the absence of aggressive action to reverse Bush administration policies that have eroded civil and human rights -- makes a mockery of the right of due process under the law.

A federally-funded vigilante army continues to use covertly implanted GPS tracking "beacons" to stalk and persecute unjustly "targeted" American citizens and their families.

And microwave radiation "directed energy weapons" degrade the minds and bodies of their "targets"...

...an "American Gestapo" hiding in plain sight, the creation of a "multi-agency" coordinated array of secret federal programs spawned or expanded under Bush-Cheney.

Is Team Obama naive, misinformed as to the mission and methods of this nationwide, neo-brownshirt apparatus...

...or is the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Justice surrendering to the iron will of "Dr. Strangeloves" within by refusing to investigate victim complaints?

The subject should be raised during Sotomayor's confirmation hearings.

Please, Team Obama, read this:

http://nowpublic.com/world/gestapo-usa-govt-funded-vigilante-network-terrorizes-america

http://nowpublic.com/world/domestic-torture-radiation-weaponry-americas-horrific-shame

OR (if links are corrupted / disabled):

http://NowPublic.com/scrivener

Posted by: scrivener50 | June 1, 2009 11:01 AM

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