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Sotomayor

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On December 30, 2010
“Home Run” might be a little premature, but at the least a stand-up triple of an appointment: Justice Sotomayor has completely dispelled the fear on the left that her background as a prosecutor would align her with the court’s more conservative members on criminal justice issues. And she has displayed a quality — call it […]

Sotomayor on Economic Issues

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On September 22, 2009
An interesting article by Jess Bravin about Sotomayor’s recent oral argument queries about whether treating corporations as the equivalent of persons for constitutional purposes: But Justice Sotomayor suggested the majority might have it all wrong — and that instead the court should reconsider the 19th century rulings that first afforded corporations the same rights flesh-and-blood […]

Ricci and Sotomayor

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On June 30, 2009

Attempts to use Ricci to derail Sotomayor’s nomination won’t work, but (as Paul also said earlier today) they do show how silly the whole “empathy” criticism is.

Media Hero of the Day

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On June 15, 2009

Nina Totenberg. Or as Ann puts it: Listening to the clips, Sotomayor sounds an awful lot like John Roberts — who did not face any concerns about his “fiery temperament” during his co

Despite some attempt to cover himself with some concessions about how all 9 justices are “activists” (although note that his mash notes to Alito routinely referred to him as a proponent of “judicial restraint”), when it comes down to it, when Stuart Taylor agrees with a judicial decision that displaces a policy preferred by elected […]

The Radical Sotomayor

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On June 3, 2009

She’s so radical that her opinion on the incorporation of the 2nd Amendment against state governments matches well-known Trotskyite Frank Easterbrook! I would add a few caveats: 1)I agree with V

Like Yglesias, I strongly recommend this piece from Jeffrey Toobin. Supreme Court appointments being political, various forms of diversity have always been a major part of the selection process for ju

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