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On the Issues:
RACIAL PREFERENCES: In the case of Ricci v. DeStefano, Sotomayor sided with a city that used racially discriminatory practices to deny promotions to white firefighters because they performed better on a test designed to determine who should be promoted. The US Supreme Court just overturned her decision in this case. (more here)
SEPARATION OF POWERS: She has said that "the Court of Appeals is where policy is made", suggesting her acceptance that it's ok for judges to make policy, rather than our legislative branch. (reference and video) read more »
The Senate Judiciary Committee opened its confirmation hearings on Sotomayor today, which is to say they began with the usual round of prepared statements from senators...meaning the usual from each of them, which is to say that not much really exciting happened. At least in the hearing room...
Unless you count a few outbursts from protestors.
And Chris Matthews getting a "thrill up his leg" today...
And the fact that Al Franken is now on the Judicary Committee (geezz).
But you do have to love what Jeff Sessions had to say in his opening statement:
“I will not vote for—no senator should vote for—an individual nominated by any president who believes it is acceptable for a judge to allow their own personal background, gender, prejudices, or sympathies to sway their decision in favor of, or against, parties before the court,” said Session (R-Ala.), the ranking member of the Senate Judiciary Committee. …
“Judge Sotomayor has said that she accepts that her opinions, sympathies, and prejudices will affect her rulings. Could it be that her time as a leader of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, a fine organization, provides a clue as to her decision against the firefighters?” Sessions said. “It seems to me that… Judge Sotomayor’s empathy for one group of firefighters turned out to be prejudice against the others.”