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Key Excerpt: Sotomayor on Bush v. Gore

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KOHL: Judge, Bush v. Gore. Many critics saw the Bush v. Gore decision as an example of the judiciary improperly injecting itself into a political dispute. In your opinion, should the Supreme Court even have decided to get involved in Bush v. Gore?

SOTOMAYOR: That case took the attention of the nation, and there's been so much discussion about what the Court did or didn't do. I look at the case, and my reaction as a sitting judge is not to criticize it or to challenge it even if I were disposed that way because I don't take a position on that.

The Court took and made the decision it did. The question for me, as I look at that sui generis situation, it's only happened once in the lifetime of our country, is that some good came from that discussion. There's been and was enormous electoral process changes in many states as a result of the flaws that were reflected in the process that went on.

That is a tribute to the greatness of our American system which is whether you agree or disagree with a Supreme Court decision, that all of the branches become involved in the conversation of how to improve things. And as an indicated, both Congress, who devoted a very significant amount of money to electoral reform in certain of its legislation -- and states have looked to address what happened there.

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By  |  July 14, 2009; 11:32 AM ET
Categories:  Hearings , Supreme Court , Topics: Past Court Rulings  
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