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June 4, 2009

Examining Judge Sotomayor's years as a New York state prosecutor

This morning's Washington Post has this interesting article on Judge Sotomayor's early work as a lawyer headlined "Gritty First Job Shaped Nominee; Years as N.Y. Prosecutor Gave Sotomayor Firsthand Look at Crime and Punishment." Here are snippets:

The five years Sotomayor spent in the Manhattan district attorney's office, say several friends and colleagues, shaped her as a criminal prosecutor and helped form her worldview as a judge. The experience, combined with her later years as a trial judge, would make her unique among her new colleagues at the Supreme Court should she be confirmed and would bring a firsthand exposure to the court's consideration of criminal procedure and sentencing.

As a federal judge for 17 years at the district and circuit court levels, Sotomayor has written thousands of opinions, which now are receiving renewed scrutiny. The early examinations tell little about her jurisprudence on capital punishment, because it is rarely imposed in the states covered by the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit, but so far have shown her as a middle-of-the-road jurist who, like most judges, rules most often in favor of the prosecution.

"She toes the line in terms of following what the law is, and in that respect [her opinions] come out as more pro-government," said Ellen S. Podgor, a law professor at Stetson University who has reviewed about 100 of Sotomayor's appellate rulings in white-collar cases....

Over time, Sotomayor saw that both the victims and the defendants in her cases were coming from poor neighborhoods. "I had more problems during my first year in the office with the low-grade crimes -- the shoplifting, the prostitution, the minor assault cases," she told a writer for the New York Times in 1983. "In large measure, in those cases you were dealing with socioeconomic crimes, crimes that could be the product of the environment and of poverty. Once I started doing felonies, it became less hard. No matter how liberal I am, I'm still outraged by crimes of violence."

Prior posts on the SCOTUS nomination and record of Judge Sotomayor:

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Paints a picture of a hate, racism, hatred of America, pro-criminal bias in a very nasty person who cannot make a living outside of government.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 4, 2009 11:24:21 PM

Did you read her recipe for strudel?

However, since you are the one that filed and lost a pro se appeal, you really can't talk about who hates America.

Posted by: S.cotus | Jun 5, 2009 3:23:02 AM

"Giving it up.

I am going to be discontinuing my participation in this blog in the next week or so. If you want someone to blame, blame 1) non-lawyers; 2) furries; and 3) the victims rights/tort reform industry."

You were always so funny, so gay, so care free. What happened to you?

Me? I love the lawyer, even you. All I want is to help straighten out the troubled law technician.

Posted by: Supremacy Claus | Jun 5, 2009 6:59:54 AM

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