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."
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June 1, 2009; 9:48 AM ET
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