Sotomayor: What You Need to Know

A look at the new Supreme Court nominee

Tuesday, May 26, 2009

President Obama will nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit as his first appointment to the court. New Yorkers have long known this judge who grew up in the Bronx in the shadows of Yankee Stadium. Back in 1995, Judge Sotomayor issued an injunction against major league baseball owners, effectively ending a baseball strike of nearly eight months. For what the rest of the nation needs to know about this likely pick to fill the seat of retiring Justice David Souter, we turn to New York Times reporter Jeff Zeleny.

Here is a clip of Sotomayor speaking at Duke University in 2005, which has stirred some controversy.


Jeff Zeleny

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Comments [2]


I am a state appeals court judge. Even by following Supreme Court precedent, the intermediate appeals courts issue final precedential opinions in more cases than any Supreme Court. They therefore interpret more law, and shape more policy than Supreme Courts anywhere. When a supreme court gets hold of the issue, they are simply the final word. Then that precedent is in turn used to shape the law anew until the next final pronouncement. Judge Sotomayor did not say anything untrue either to her position or to the law.

Looking at the other circuit judges at the table, the gentleman to her left, Judge Henry has uttered similar things, as, I'm sure have many other judges speaking to legal audiences. Reporters should be sophisticated enough to contextualize such things and explain the broader picture to the public.

May. 29 2009 08:20 PM
Fred Slocombe

Judge Sotomayor’s sense of humor is beyond the range of hues perceived by main-stream journalism. The predilection for conflict in everything, which is the meat of main-stream journalism, has spoiled the reality and the facts of situations so often that main-stream journalism cannot survive in the Age of Information. This is a crystal clear example of making a mountain out of a mole hill.

May. 29 2009 07:43 PM

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