Sotomayor v. Obama
By Eva Rodriguez
In a surprisingly sharp, apparently spontaneous and refreshingly candid moment -- especially for a confirmation hearing -- Sonia Sotomayor refused to endorse President Obama's characterization of judges and judging.
Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz.) asked, "Do you agree with [the president] that the law only takes you the first 25 miles of the marathon and that that last mile has to be decided by what's in the judge's heart?"
No, sir….I wouldn't approach the issue of judging in the way the president does. He has to explain what he meant by judging. I can only explain what I think judges should do, which is judges can't rely on what's in their heart. They don't determine the law. Congress makes the laws. The job of a judge is to apply the law. And so it's not the heart that compels conclusions in cases. It's the law. The judge applies the law to the facts before that judge.
Viewers, I think, finally got a flash of the tough and outspoken judge that advocates have come to know.
Still, it is difficult, in my mind at least, to reconcile this unequivocal -- and seemingly heartfelt -- statement with Sotomayor's speeches about how gender and ethnicity may affect a judge's decisions. Rather than to continue to grill Sotomayor about what she said or what she meant I'd, love senators to press her to give a few examples of when her own ethnicity and gender helped inform her decisions.
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