Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Sotomayor is the nominee

...and AZ's most rabid GOPers get to step back from brink of full-out foaming at the mouth, paralyzing, delirious rage incited by the oft-mentioned consideration of Janet Napolitano for the Supreme Court.

Instead, they'll just experience their normal level of rage, this directed at the idea that a Hispanic woman got the nod, not one of the neanderthals they prefer.

From AP via Yahoo! News -
President Barack Obama named federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice on Tuesday, praising her as "an inspiring woman" with both the intellect and compassion to interpret the Constitution wisely.

Obama said Sotomayor has more experience as a judge than any current member of the high court had when nominated, adding she has earned the "respect of colleagues on the bench," the admiration of lawyers who appear in her court and "the adoration of her clerks."

"My heart today is bursting with gratitude," Sotomayor said from the White House podium moments after being introduced by Obama.

The White House has a summary of her background here.

Basics of that summary - Grew up in poverty in the South Bronx, attended Catholic high school, earned an undergraduate degree from Princeton and a law degree from Yale, worked as an assistant Manhattan DA and an intellectual property/corporate lawyer, and was nominated as a judge on the US District Court by President George H.W. Bush. She was later appointed to the Appeals Court by President Bill Clinton.

The text of President Obama's remarks during his announcement of Judge Sotomayor's nomination here.

A resume-like background page from Pace University (she was a commencement speaker there in 2003) is here.

More later...

1 comment:

NJDevils015 said...

This is an absolute appalling nomination. Sotomayor has showed her biases and prejudices with her well publicized racist remarks in the past. In addition she has shown at times that she thinks her job as a judge is to make policy as opposed to interpret the law based on the Constitution. Hopefully her nomination will be blocked and BO will be forced to choose a candidate that is worthy of such an important position.