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June 8, 2009

More on Sotomayor as a young NY state prosecutor

Today's New York Times includes this article, headlined "Sotomayor Is Recalled as a Driven Rookie Prosecutor," with more cover of the professional past of a likely future Justice. Here is a snippet:

Ms. Sotomayor spent about five years as a prosecutor. Interviews with her colleagues and supervisors painted a portrait of a frightened rookie prosecutor who quickly gained the confidence and the trust of others.  She became a driven and focused prosecutor who easily fit in, whether in debating fine points of law with lawyers or judges or in interviewing a victim whom she perhaps recognized in broad outlines from her own upbringing in the Bronx.

“She had a foot in both worlds, and she was comfortable in both of those worlds,” said Richard H. Girgenti, a former supervisor.

Peter M. Kougasian, a friend who attended Princeton and Yale Law School with her and joined the district attorney’s office at the same time, in 1979, said he was struck by her maturity as a young prosecutor.  “When you walk into a courtroom and say you represent the people of the State of New York, I think for her that was not just an abstraction,” he said.  “She had experienced so many aspects of life that make up a great city,” he added, “that when she said that, you had the feeling that she knew what she was talking about in a way that the rest of us maybe didn’t.”

Prior posts on the background of Judge Sotomayor:

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What a beautiful example of outcome bias. And if she had instead been convicted of a crime like Kent, people would be remembering how she stole the pencils from their desks and left rotting food in the office fridge.


Posted by: Daniel | Jun 8, 2009 2:16:10 PM

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