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May 27, 2009

Obama Supreme Court Candidate Sonia Sotomayor 'hasn't faired well' in Supreme Court reviews of her cases

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Ed Whelan points out Sotomayor's high reversal rate, which he warned about before there was a President Obama. It seems that in those occasions on which the Supreme Court has reviewed Sotomayor's rulings, she hasn't fared well, drawing some pointed criticism and garnering at most 11 out of 44 possible votes for her reasoning across five cases. (See also Whelan's Part I).

As Whelan notes in his post, this lady is no moderate, and was actually picked by the very liberal New York senators, Moynihan and D'Amato:

Sotomayor is often painted as a moderate by virtue of the fact that President George H.W. Bush formally appointed her to a district-court seat. But, as I've explained before, when President Bush nominated Sotomayor to the district court in 1991, the New York senators, Moynihan and D'Amato, had forced on the White House a deal that enabled the senator not of the president's party to name one of every four district-court nominees in New York. Sotomayor was Moynihan's pick. I am reliably informed that Bush 41's White House nonetheless resisted nominating her because she was so liberal and did so in the end only as part of a package to move along other nominees whom Moynihan was holding up.

I'll also highlight that in 1998, on the roll-call vote on President Clinton's nomination of Sotomayor to the Second Circuit, 29 Republican senators (including John McCain) voted against her confirmation.

Related: Sotomayor Doesn't Live Up to Obama's Word
Like other liberal activists who assert the importance of empathy, Sotomayor remarkably finds the need to reach into her "heart" only when the litigant's cause aligns with her own. In fact, as Clinton appointee Judge José Cabranes noted with some frustration, Sotomayor's "empathy" with New Haven's position was so relentless that she took unprecedented procedural steps to bury the claims of the firefighters.
Hat tip - Kathryn Jean Lopez

Posted by Hyscience at May 27, 2009 7:46 AM



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