Court Watch: Poster Child
By Garance Franke-Ruta
• Sotomayor gets the Obama poster treatment, courtesy of Presente.org and artist Favianna Rodriguez.
• The New York Times reports on "a trove of videos dating back nearly 25 years that shed new light on Judge Sotomayor's views." The videos were provided to the Senate Judiciary Committee. Among reporter Charlie Savage's findings: "Judge Sonia Sotomayor once described herself as 'a product of affirmative action' who was admitted to two Ivy League schools despite scoring lower on standardized tests than many classmates, which she attributed to 'cultural biases' that are 'built into testing.' ... The clips include lengthy remarks about her experiences as an 'affirmative action baby' whose lower test scores were overlooked by admissions committees at Princeton University and Yale Law School because, she said, she is Hispanic and had grown up in poor circumstances."
• Has the background of Sotomayor's parents as cultural immigrants affected her rulings in immigration cases? Not according to an analysis released Tuesday by the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), who is helping shepherd her nomination through the process and also chairs the Senate Immigration Subcommittee.
"Schumer's office examined 955 rulings from Sotomayor's 17 years on the federal bench. Of those, 848 were asylum cases, 35 were criminal alien cases, and 72 fell under the category of "other" (technical cases). Sotomayor decided 83 percent of the asylum cases in favor of the government, and just 17 percent in favor of the alien," a release from the office announced.
"Those figures put Sotomayor right in line with the 17.1-percent 'remand' rate for the entire U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals, as calculated in a comprehensive Stanford Law Review study for the period of 2004-05. Sotomayor's rate also trends very much in line for the national average for all the appeals court nationwide. The Stanford study pegged that average at 15.4 percent." (See more here by Amy Goldstein.)
• And members of the GOP brass remain steamed that her confirmation hearing was set in such a "rush," reports Julie Hirschfeld Davis of the Associated Press.
Posted at 1:28 PM ET on Jun 11, 2009
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