Sonia Sotomayor - History in the Making
Sonia Sotomayor, appointed to the U.S. Supreme Court is about to make history. If confirmed she will be the first Hispanic Woman to have a seat on the Supreme Court.
The confirmation hearings will be filled with controvery. The Republicans on the Congressional Judiciary Committee will in all likelihood question her on her beliefs, which they profess amount to making policy from the bench.
Two particular issues are likely to surface. One is her ruling on the New Haven Firefighters case, where she sided with the city to stop promotions of white firefighters. This ruling has recently been overturned by the Supreme Court by a vote of 5-4.
The other issue will be her statement that a hispanic woman will make a better judgement than a white male, or words to that effect.
Although Ms. Sotomayor will face the heat, the Democrats have enough votes to confirm her. Thus history will be made later on this summer when the Judiciary Committee votes to confirm her.
Frank Ricci to testify at Judge Sotomayor Hearings
Update: This author watched the opening remarks of this hearings. They were very respectful and most complimentary of Sonia Sotomayor. Senators one after the other emphasized what they would be asking during the confirmation hearings. Statements varied from her remarks about being better as a Hispanic woman to the case of the Connecticut firefighters. Arlen Spectar raised the point that he will be interested in her criteria of what cases the Supreme Court should acccept.
Spectar quoted the wire tapping law and the recent secret CIA program. Those cases were rejected by the Supreme Court and in Spectar's words have caused confusion in the law. He said that it is not known whether or not to brief Congress on this issue is legal or illegal.
Sotomayor in her Opening remarks made clear that a judge's jobe is fidelity to the law. The task of the Judge is not to make the law but to apply the law.
Sonia Sotomayor has decided advantages as she begins the most important trial of her long legal career, a nationally televised consideration of her nomination to be the first Hispanic and just the third woman on the Supreme Court.
Beginning Monday, she will tell her compelling up-from-poverty personal story to a jury tilted strongly in her favor - Democrats hold a comfortable majority on the Senate Judiciary Committee and a filibuster-resistant 60 votes in the Senate.
Still, Republicans signaled that they will press the 55-year-old New Yorker and veteran federal judge to explain past rulings involving discrimination complaints and gun rights, as well as comments that they say raise doubts about Sotomayor's ability to judge cases fairly.
The sharpest comments about her so far came Sunday from Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the senior Republican on the committee.
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