Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor

Note: I just posted this opinion in a blog on motherjones.com anonymously. I’m curious to find out more. I’ve found the most recent string of Supreme Court decisions to be quite discouraging. Me, posting on the following blog:
http://www.motherjones.com/mojo/2009/06/kenneth-starr-endorses-sotomayor

“Unfortunately the current composition of the Supreme Court has resulted in a string of decisions that are hostile to even the most fundamental of enumerated rights and appear to be supportive of an authoritarian corporate ruled police-state. Whether it’s Justice Antonin Scalias specious contention that torture is not cruel or unusual punishment, Justice Clarence Thomas’s contention that it is OK to knock prisoner’s teeth out while they are in handcuffs (there was a New York Times editorial earlier in his career on the youngest cruelest justice), Justice Samuel Alito’s total disregard of the exclusionary rule and hostility to the most fundamental rights of privacy intended to be preserved with the 4th Amendment, or Justice Roberts’ specious argument that the 6th Amendment due process rights are best left to the States (contrary to the specificity in both the body of the Constitution and in the 14th Amendment that the enumerated individual rights in the Federal Constitution were the bare minimums which could not be denied by any State), it is apparent that even a centrist Supreme Court appointment would be better than allowing the current crew to keep piling on oppressive precedents. Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor is, it would seem, not an aggressive defender of the Bill of Rights, but I suspect she could at least both take and administer an oath of office “…to preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States…” without flubbing it. I can only hope her appointment was not more of a compromise with totalitarians than we are already aware.
So what do you think?

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8 Responses to “Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor”

  1. An observer Says:

    For those interested in doing some serious reading about Supreme Court Nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s record, I recommend reading the following pdf file at http://www.aclu.org/pdfs/scotus/sotomayor_report.pdf “Report of the American Civil Liberties Union on the Nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be Associate Justice of the United States Supreme Court” It is a well referenced indexed 86 page report with table of contents. The reading is dry, but should be required reading for serious legal reporters and Senate Judiciary Committee members and their staff in order to help them prepare questions for the nominee’s hearing.

  2. Michael Says:

    Hey, have you seen the news article
    “New details about Michael Jackson’s Death Emerge”
    I was wondering if you were going to blog about this?

  3. Panty Buns Says:

    No, I think I’ve been straying as far from the themes of this site as I’m likely to for the moment. This is intended to be a site FOR ADULT WOMEN ONLY and focus on gender bias, bias against women, sexual orientation bias, dogmatic authoritarian prudes verses free speech and freedom of the press, and a place for WOMEN to express their views. Women have historically NOT been taken as seriously as their male counterparts.

  4. Panty Buns Says:

    One of the Supreme Court’s most recent rulings on a case originally brought for reverse discrimination seems to undercut part of the intent of Title 7, reportedly reversing part of an opinion Judge Sotomayor participated in at the Federal Circuit Court level. Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s opinion was in keeping with precedent and the idea of helping correct the effects of centuries of discrimination. The Supreme Court needs judges who are more sensitive to discrimination than the five who wrote this recent opinion. In the mean time, until and unless Congress acts to reinforce Title 7, the task may lie with President Barack Obama. What is also desperately needed from President Obama is putting a stop to the wrongful actions occurring under the “Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell” military policy which penalize members of our armed forces who have served with distinction and whose disparate treatment is solely on account of their sexual orientation.

  5. Marge Says:

    The hearings are supposed to start today at the Senate Judiciary Committee. The right-wing media and Republican talking point drivelers are already coming out with racist and sexist attacks on her. She must be okay.

  6. Panty Buns Says:

    There is part of the transcript of an interview on July 15th, 2009 by PBS’s Jim Lehrer of Senator Patrick Leahy (D) Vermont and Senator Charles Grassley (R) Indiana about Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor following some of her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee. The URL for that portion of transcript is http://www.pbs.org/newshour/bb/law/july-dec09/sotosenators_07-15.html There was live coverage today of the actual hearing today, July 16th 2009 on PBS. There’s a big difference between listening to her actually testifying and what the pundits said she said later.

  7. withheld Says:

    The hearing was on C-Span at http://www.cspan.org/

  8. Sandra Says:

    Judge Sotomayor is obviously a very intelligent intellectually inquisitive woman and an academic without any clear agenda. How she will eventually come to view balance of power between the 6 branches of government (Judicial, Legislative, Executive, corporations, the press, and the people) remains to be seen.