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Which Sotomayor Will We Get?

Date: 07/17/2009

Barry, let me answer your questions.   First, Judge Sotomayor's answer that Roe v. Wade is "settled law" is not necessarily "a bad thing" if she is explaining the Supreme Court's jurisprudence.   Chief Justice Roberts, at his confirmation hearing, acknowledged that Roe "is settled as a precedent of the Court."   Justices, when reviewing any case, must consider the pr ...

Related Topics: Bowers V. Hardwick, Chief Justice Roberts, Congress, Judge Sotomayor, Lawrence V. Texas, News, Politics, Roe V. Wade, Senator Cornyn, Settled Law, Supreme Court, Blog 93

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Sotomayor Scrutiny Warranted

Date: 07/14/2009

Barry, you call it 'ideological bloviation' - I call it raising serious questions about Judge Sonia Sotomayor's judicial philosophy. There are valid issues that need to be addressed:   It's my hope that the Senate Judiciary Committee thoroughly examines Judge Sotomayor's commitment to impartiality and the rule of law; her ability to separate her personal experiences from her role as ...

Related Topics: Fourteenth Amendment, Senate Judiciary Committee, Judicial Activism, Fourth Amendment, Abortion Rights, Politics, Constitution, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, News, Blog 93

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Wise Latina Power! Judge Sotomayor and the Senate Confirmation Hearings

Date: 07/13/2009

I'm sick of the constant harping on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's 'Wise Latina' comment.  Jeff Sessions, the Senator from the great state of Alabama ('everybody knows about Alabama' -Nina Simone) made reference to it again in his opening/opposing statement at Sotomayor's confirmation hearings today.  The sentence, for those of you who haven't been following the obsession, goes like this:  I ...

Related Topics: Judge Sotomayor, Obama And Sotomayor, Senate Judiciary Committee Jeff Sessions, Sonia Sotomayor, Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings, Sotomayor Hearing, Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings, Wise Latina

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Did We Learn Anything From the Sotomayor Hearings?

Date: 07/19/2009

When all is said and done, Jay, I'm not sure either one of us learned what we wanted to from the hearings. Many issues were discussed ad nauseum ; others virtually untouched.  (The Washington Post did any excellent analysis of this in its print edition on Sunday).  I was impressed by Judge Sotomayor's demeanor, even when she was being asked endless variations of questions she had pretty ...

Related Topics: Christopher Eisgruber, Judge Sonia Sotomayor, Senate Confirmation Heartings, Steve Chapman, Supreme Court, Wade Henderson, Blog 93

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Talking While Stupid: White Evangelicals, Dr. Gates and President Obama

Date: 07/25/2009

I think President Obama was right to soften the tone of his statement the other day on the Gates arrest incident; the word "stupid" wasn't a helpful word choice. But the word, I think, accurately describes the reaction of a lot of white male commentators to the incident. Let's assume (for a minute, anyway) that Sgt. Leon Lashley, the African American officer who was present at the arrest, ...

Related Topics: Prof. Gates, Srgts. Crowley, Apologies, Skip Gates, Racism, President Obama, Race And Christianity

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We need to move forward (Erin)

Date: 07/15/2009

The Sotomayor confirmation hearings continue, and one of the exchanges between the nominee and Senator Tom Coburn has attracted some attention : WASHINGTON (AP) -- One of Sonia Sotomayor's Senate interrogators had a joking response Wednesday when she talked hypothetically -- and humorously -- about getting a gun to shoot him in self-defense. "You'll have lots of 'splainin' to do," replied GOP ...

Related Topics: Maureen Dowd, Race Relations, Senate, Sotomayor, Tom Coburn

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Sotomayor: Clearly Qualified

Date: 07/16/2009

Let me try to figure out your position on what Judge Sonia Sotomayor has said about a couple of issues. I have a few questions. First, you noted in your last post that she said that Roe v. Wade was "settled law."   Is this a bad thing? I thought conservatives were supposed to like the doctrine of stare decisis, the idea that absent extraordinarily compelling reasons, the Supreme Court d ...

Related Topics: Abortion, News, Politics, Richard Land, Roe V. Wade, Sen. Ben Cardin, Senate Confirmation Heartings, Sonia Sotomayor, Southern Baptist Convention, The Supreme Court, Blog 93

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Judge Sotomayor: Time for Tough Questions

Date: 07/13/2009

The much anticipated hearings for Judge Sonia Sotomayor commence before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and Barry, I am hopeful the Senators will ask the tough questions about her view of the Constitution and her judicial philosophy.   The Senate has a constitutional role in providing advice and consent for nominees and it's only appropriate that the Senators ask the in-depth questi ...

Related Topics: Senate Judiciary Committee, Judicial Philosophy, John Roberts, Supreme Court, Judge Sotomayor, Politics, Constitution, President Obama, Samuel Alito, Sen. Jeff Sessions, Sen. John Cornyn, Senate, News, Blog 93

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