Skip to comments.Sotomayor reversed 60% by high court
Posted on 05/27/2009 1:00:43 AM PDT by JohnHuang2
With Judge Sonia Sotomayor already facing questions over her 60 percent reversal rate, the Supreme Court could dump another problem into her lap next month if, as many legal analysts predict, the court overturns one of her rulings upholding a race-based employment decision.
Three of the five majority opinions written by Judge Sotomayor for the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals and reviewed by the Supreme Court were reversed, providing a potent line of attack raised by opponents Tuesday after President Obama announced he will nominate the 54-year-old Hispanic woman to the high court.
(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...
Among Sotomayor's much-heralded "disadvantages" is apparently the lack of any brains. She is so obviously lightweight, one liberal reporter has noticed it. Jeffery Rosen wrote in The New Republic that Sotomayor "'is not that smart and kind of a bully on the bench,'" in the words of one former clerk for the court she currently sits on. Rosen noted that "people who have worked with her, nearly all of them former law clerks for other judges on the Second Circuit or former federal prosecutors in New York" doubted Sotomayor's "ability to provide the intellectual counterweight to the conservative justices." Most of these former clerks and federal prosecutors are Democrats.
In the Ricci v. DeStefano case, "empathetic" Sotomayor empathetically ruled against 'white firefighters' who were denied promotion because they passed an examination for promotion. Since the test didn't yield any qualified black candidates, the New Haven authority, out of a profound sense of fairness, canned the test results and gave no promotions. Frank Ricci and his firefighting colleagues, who were discriminated against, filed a lawsuit, arguing they were discriminated against. But the fervently stupid Sotomayor thinks the test was "racist". But one of the 'white firefighters' is Hispanic. The vicious Klansmen who formulated the test messed up.
Ruling as part of a three-judge 2nd Circuit panel, Sotomayor upheld the case's dismissal. The court grappled with the mountains of briefs and extended oral arguments in the case by issuing a lengthy ruling consisting of a one-paragraph opinion.
Sotomayor's lunatic decisions get routinely reversed on appeal, so the firefighters' case stands an excellent chance before the Supremes.
Speaking of lunatic decisions (besides nominating Sotomayor), in the Maloney v. Cuomo case, Sotomayor ruled that the 2nd Amendment which states that "the right of the people to keep and bear arms shall not be infringed" means that states can infringe all they want, that infringing is OK so long as it's not the feds doing the infringing. This puts Sotomayor to the left of the 9th Circuit Court, earning her the label "centrist" in the media.
The "centrist" and "moderate" Sotomayor is against laws keeping convicted felons from casting ballots because it "disqualifies a group of people from voting" -- darling groups such as cop-killers, the Manson family, etc. She's ruled against the EPA doing cost-benefit analysis to find the 'best technology available' -- out of fairness for inferior technology. Sotomayor routinely apologizes to convicted criminals during sentencing.
But if the goal in picking Sotomayor was finding someone sufficiently out of step with normal Americans to appease the Democrats' nut base, it worked. Even Kim Jong-Il is happy. He fired three more rockets in celebration!
My Two Cents...
A moron like this won’t persuade Kennedy and may even push someone like Breyer over to the good side on occasion. An intelligent scholarly professor type would have been a more effective choice for the liberal cause. I guess Obama is counting on more picks..
Obama just gets worse and worse.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor: "Court is Where Policy is Made"
Link to YouTube video of her making the comment:
saving. Thank you, as always.
Thanks President Bush I for getting her to this position in the first place. He nominated her during his presidency.
Her comment... “Court of Appeals is where policy is made. And I know - I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law. I know.” ...is bad enough for its substance, but what’s worse, imo, is that she must have known (and likely strived for) that a possible higher court appointment may be in her future and she still made such a comment. This speaks volumes of her ‘judgment’ and that is the main attribute that should weigh heavy in those who must make the decision to vote on her candidacy. It won’t. But it should.
Oh, the folly of past and present lightweights in the executive and legislative arenas continues to haunt by wreaking havoc on us all! I can only pray for right to be done, for good fortune to reverse the decline we've witnessed.
Regards . . .Penny
“I guess Obama is counting on more picks..”
That’s OK, they can just give Roberts another epileptic attack next time he’s anywhere precarious.
Even the weather man gets it right more than she does.
SO - 60% of the time she’s been proven to make the WRONG decision. And this qualifies her for the Supreme Court HOW???
It looks like exactly what you'd expect from someone who thinks the US Constitution if fundamentally flawed, and electing him President is the first good thing we ever did.
1. She sits down to pee.
2. She is a color
3. She is a liberal whacko.
To ideologues, they are always right. The only question to them is whether they ‘win’ by getting to push their agenda forward.
She seems qualified to be a part of Sesame Street, not SCOTUS.
The Republican argument about why Sotomayor is inappropriate is clearly in the article that states she was overturned 60+% of the time. That kind of record should make any judge ineligible. Not because of her liberal record or her gender or her family origins. Let the truth be told. It will win in the end even though there are not enough votes to stop this nomination.
She has written five majority opinions for the 2nd Circuit? That's it? And she's being nominated for the highest court in the country?
Even setting aside the 60% reversal rate, this is laughable. She has about as much experience as Obama.
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