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May 26, 2009

President Obama to nominate Judge Sonia Sotomayor for Supreme Court

According to multiple press sources including this New York Times posting, "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 ... and has scheduled an announcement for 10:15 a.m. at the White House."  Though I am a bit disappointed that President Obama's pick is a sitting circuit judge, I am pleased that, if he had to pick a judge, he picked one with some district court experience and also with lots of other diverse factors in her background.

Tom Goldstein in this post at SCOTUSblog has the basics on what's next:

The White House will announce a Supreme Court nominee at 10a.m.  The Senate Judiciary Committee will likely hold hearings in the third week of July, permitting written committee questions the following week and a floor vote before Congress leaves for its summer recess on the weekend of August 8.  Absent the discovery of an ethical transgression, the Democratic majority on the Senate guarantees confirmation, so the new Justice will take her seat when the Court opens its 2009 Term on October 5.

Now that we have a nominee, I hope to do some sentencing blogging about her.  So, I welcome any and all information about Judge Sotomayor's sentencing history, both as a district judge and as a circuit judge.  For example, do we have any basis on which to predict what she might think about what the Eighth Amendment could mean for juve LWOP?

Some prior posts on SCOTUS personnel and sentencing issues:

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A fantastic choice in my opinion. She has worked hard to get where she is and we need a voice from the Hispanic community in our upper courts.

I imagine there will be a lot of mudslinging from Republican, but they will do so at their own peril. Especially since she wash a George H. Bush appointee.

Posted by: Chris R | May 26, 2009 11:56:37 AM

I am not surprised but I am disappointed. What a despicable pick. It shows once again why we need fundamental constitutional reform of the Supreme Court. Talk about an unmitigated disaster for the Republic. This is it.

Posted by: Daniel | May 26, 2009 12:32:02 PM

Independent of my political views this is a very inspirational story.

From her humble beginnings to the Supreme Court, hats off to her.

Posted by: Gifting Is Legal | May 26, 2009 2:33:55 PM

Bad Choce. "Racism" all over the place. A woman, a Latino, and one who will use her power as Judge to see that all Latino are not presecuted and all are given amnesty. Her compasion, as Obama wanted, will only be for a race other than Caussion. I feel sorry for Causasion Americans in this country as they have no say so anymore.

Posted by: A.J. | May 26, 2009 6:10:17 PM

This is A.J. I am not in the law at all. I am lucky to get to vote anymore. I am retired and worked as hard or harder in my ife thanJudge Sotomayor or her mother and I resent giving my retirment taxes to illegals and now this judge is going to see that we continue to give to this punch of law breakers, therefore, I do not think she or anymore pro-illegal is good for our country. Obama and she is only wanting votes form latinos.

Posted by: A.J. | May 26, 2009 6:15:26 PM

I think that she is a good pick. He needs to rally both parties and with her he can

Posted by: Kaufman Borgeest | May 26, 2009 10:32:27 PM

I think it is ironic that some people are yelling "racism" just because she is not white. I do not know much about her except for a few articles I have just read, but I found NO indication of any racism in her views. I also have not read anything about her being sympathetic towards illegal aliens. I read she is a centerist. So maybe some of you are prejudging her and making hypocritical comments. I'm just saying, maybe.

And no matter how you look at it, whites in America still have the most influence. It is counter productive to have self pity in facing the open mindedness of the changing world.

Posted by: Attitude is everything | May 27, 2009 1:08:42 PM

Hey attitude is everything

Do you think the New Haven Fire fighters think being white helped them? They got passed over for promotions because of their race!! Thanks to the new Supreme Court Justice. Please someone try and justify her ruling..... anyone?

Posted by: Anon | May 27, 2009 7:00:00 PM

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