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    "What's an empathetic judge to do?"

    Heritage fellow Robert Alt writes in U.S. News: My late constitutional law professor once offered the following hypothetical about a fishing dispute that made its way to court. On one side were Native Americans; on the other, environmentalists. After a pregnant pause, he mused: “What’s a liberal to do?” Were … More

    Felon Voting: Another Troubling Sotomayor Decision

    One of the biggest annoyances to the Left in recent years has been the Constitutional right of states to prohibit felons from voting. They have filed lawsuit after lawsuit (unsuccessfully) under the Voting Rights Act trying to overturn these laws. Fortunately, except for the Ninth Circuit (as usual), other circuit … More

    Sotomayor: Court Jester or Judge as King?

    Walter Olson recently expressed some discontent over the hullabaloo raised by his conservative allies concerning the now infamous Sotomayor “where policy is made” YouTube video. He states: Some conservatives keep publicizing a YouTube clip where she confides to a panel-discussion audience that appeals courts are “where policy is made.” Sorry, … More

    Don't Forget Sotomayor's "Inherent Physiological or Cultural Differences"

    Dana Milbank has dubbed them Sotomayor’s “32 words.” And apparently White House press secretary Bob Gibbs “wasn’t prepared” to explain them. Which words are those: I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a … More

    A Troubling Decision, a Troubling Speech, and a Troubling Nomination

    Imagine if you can a situation in which a white federal judge approved the clear and obvious discrimination engaged in by a small Southern town in denying black firefighters promotion by throwing out the results of a civil service examination. Only black firefighters did well enough on the racially-neutral exam … More

    Morning Bell: Sotomayor's Troubling Record

    There’s not a liberal America and a conservative America; there is the United States of America. There’s not a black America and a white America and Latino America and Asian America; there is the United States of America. – Then Illinois state senator Barack Obama, speaking to the 2004 Democratic … More

    N.Y. Times: Sotomayor Ignores Inconvenient Laws

    In its editorial today endorsing Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court, the New York Times makes a bizarre claim that, if true, is extremely troubling. Sotomayor, the paper claims, has not only “repeatedly displayed the empathy” espoused by President Obama, but gone a step further: “She has shown … More

    On Net, No Change? Not Quite

    Eight hours later, and it’s already become an old canard: Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s elevation to the High Court won’t affect its balance one bit. It may be an effective talking point—the Left seems to think so—but it isn’t true. Consider just one area of law, business law. As concerns businesses … More

    Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor in Her Own Words

    Issues Facing Latino Judiciary symposium sponsored by the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, October 2001: I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn’t lived that life. … More

    In Their Own Words: Sonia Sotomayor

    I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life. – President Barack Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor, October 2001. Read the full … More