Court Watch: Bloggers and Reversals
By Garance Franke-Ruta
Today in Supreme Court news:
* The Post's Howie Kurtz delivers the first big MSM profile of the man behind SCOTUSblog, Tom Goldstein.
* Also from today's Post, Amy Goldstein and Alec MacGillis delve into Judge Sonia Sotomayor's activist past, finding that she has a consistent history of "pressing her causes forcefully, while maintaining a civil dialogue. In the nearly two decades between when she came of age and when she joined the federal judiciary, the woman President Obama has now nominated to the Supreme Court demonstrated a passionate engagement at the intersection of ethnic heritage and social justice. She advocated -- publicly, aggressively -- for inclusion and expanded civil rights, yet always worked within the framework of traditional levers and institutions."
* And the National Law Journal examines Sotomayor's reversal rate. "Only five of the 232 opinions Sotomayor has written in her 11 years as a 2d Circuit judge have been reviewed by the Supreme Court. Of those five, justices overturned three -- including one environmental and one prison abuse case that are drawing attention. With a fourth, the Supreme Court upheld her bottom line judgment, but repudiated her reasoning. The fifth case was upheld," reports Tony Mauro, adding later the White House's point that "the reversal rate for then-3d Circuit judge Samuel Alito Jr. was 100% when President George W. Bush nominated him in 2005 -- a fact that was barely noted and did not count against him."
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