Posts Tagged ‘Sonia Sotomayor’

Justice Sonia Sotomayor slams Texas prosecutor for racial remark

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013


(Los Angeles Times) Sonia Sotomayor, the Supreme Court's first Latina justice, slammed a Texas prosecutor Monday for citing race as grounds for convicting a defendant of a drug deal, saying the government attorney had tried to "substitute racial stereotype for evidence and racial prejudice for reason."

She filed a rare statement commenting on the court's refusal to hear an appeal, not to dissent from the decision but to "dispel any doubt" that the action "should be understood to signal our tolerance of a federal prosecutor's racially charged remark. It should not."

Sotomayor, who began her career as a prosecutor in New York, said she was troubled by what happened.

"By suggesting that race should play a role in establishing a defendant's guilt, the prosecutor here tapped a deep and sorry vein of racial prejudice that has run through the history of criminal justice in our nation," she wrote. "… It is deeply disappointing to see a representative of the United States resort to this base tactic more than a decade into the 21st century."

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Obama Inauguration: Latinos Take On Prominent Role In Presidential Inauguration

Tuesday, January 22nd, 2013


(Huffington Post) Latinos are taking a more prominent role in President Barack Obama's second inauguration, from the first Hispanic Supreme Court justice swearing in the vice president to a star-studded celebration of Latino culture.

Eva Longoria, a co-chairwoman for Obama's campaign, is hosting a salute to the president Sunday evening. Antonio Banderas, Rosario Dawson, Marc Anthony and other entertainers are scheduled to appear in "Latino Inaugural 2013: In Performance at the Kennedy Center." The lineup also includes Jose Feliciano, Prince Royce, Frankie Negron, Rita Moreno and Mario Lopez.

San Antonio Mayor Julian Castro, who gave the keynote speech at last year's Democratic National Convention, will address the audience.

Meanwhile, Justice Sonia Sotomayor, an Obama appointee who is the first Hispanic justice on the highest court, administered the oath of office Sunday morning to Vice President Joe Biden.

Latinos have a distinct presence at this inauguration after showing their growing political influence in the 2012 election. Hispanics voted 7 to 1 for Obama over his challenger, Republican Mitt Romney, whose Hispanic support was less than any presidential candidate in 16 years. Analysts said Romney's hardline stance on immigration was a factor.

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Sotomayor: Affirmative action changed my life

Monday, January 14th, 2013

(CBS News) Sonia Sotomayor was appointed four years ago by President Barack Obama, but she gave her first broadcast interview to "60 Minutes."

She grew up in a public housing project in the Bronx, the child of Puerto Rican immigrants.

One of the biggest cases before the court right now concerns racial preferences in college admissions, known as affirmative action.

We were curious about how she sees that, because it was a factor in how Sotomayor got into Princeton in 1972.

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Film gives voice, face to Latinos in U.S.

Saturday, September 24th, 2011

(Charleston Post and Courier) Let's see, leading Hispanic actors on mainstream TV: There's Sofia Vergara's wacky, chess-playing trophy wife on "Modern Family," the conniving Eva Longoria of "Desperate Housewives" and supporting actors such as Adam Rodriguez, who plays a fingerprint and underwater recovery expert on "CSI Miami."

After that, the list thins considerably.

Stepping into that space is "The Latino List." The new documentary by Vanity Fair contributing photographer Timothy Greenfield-Sanders airs Wednesday and Thursday on HBO and HBO Latino and features interviews by award-winning broadcast journalist Maria Hinojosa with some of the nation's most successful Latinos. Hinojosa has worked at CNN, NPR and PBS, and elsewhere. A red-carpet screening was scheduled for Tuesday night in Miami Beach.

Longoria; Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor; rapper Armando Christian Perez, aka Pitbull; astronaut Jose Hernandez; and actress America Ferrera are just a few of the 15 who made the list. The interviews are compelling, funny and raw.

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Obama’s push for diversity on the bench leads surge in female and minority judges – with only one in four white males

Wednesday, September 14th, 2011

(Daily Mail) Barack Obama is making his mark on the U.S. federal judiciary by pushing through an unprecedented diversification of the system.

Nearly three out of every four people the President has confirmed to the federal bench are women or minorities.

His efforts are unique as he is the first U.S. president who has not selected a majority of white males for lifetime judgeships.

More than 70 per cent of his confirmed judicial nominees during his first two years were ‘non-traditional,’ or non-white male nominees.

That far exceeds the percentages in the two-term administrations of Bill Clinton at 48.1 per cent and George W. Bush at 32.9 per cent.

‘It is an absolutely remarkable diversity achievement,’ said Sheldon Goldman, author of the book Picking Federal Judges.

Professor Goldman, of the University of Massachusetts at Amherst, is only counting judges once – even if they fit more than one category.

The White House has been touting its efforts to diversify the bench during Mr Obama's tenure.

The President won Senate confirmation of the first Latina to the Supreme Court, Justice Sonia Sotomayor.

And with the confirmation of Justice Elena Kagan he has put three women on the high court for the first time.

The Obama administration also nominated and won confirmation of the first openly gay man to a federal judgeship.

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How do you spell “wedge issue” – Sotomayor

Monday, June 1st, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court is imminently qualified and her credentials and experience are indisputable. And she is a Latino woman. This is the ultimate “two-fer” for Obama and the Democrats.

The right-wing Republicans were going to protest against any nominee further left than Antonin Scalia anyway, just to show their ever-shrinking base that the party is still alive. In the process, their opposition has irritated scores of women and Latinos. Not a good idea for a party struggling to convince the public that their tent is getting bigger, not smaller.

That’s bad enough, but how do you make the situation even worse? Start by claiming that Sotomayor is racist for her comments a few years ago that her background and experiences made her a better judge. This is basically the same thing every judge says during their confirmation hearing because it is reasonable and logical – except if your experiences include being a Latina and a woman.

It appears that the Republicans are still using the Karl Rove playbook – attack your opponent for your own weaknesses. I await step two from the playbook. Accuse Sotomayor of being: a) a terrorist, b) an illegal immigrant, c) unpatriotic, or d) all of the above.

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