Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Sonia Sotomayor Hearings Day Two: Sotomayor's Answers to Three of Kohl's Questions: Vague on Two, Fairly Indicative on Another

When she was questioned by Senator Herb Kohl, Judge Sonia Sotomayor gave me the impression that she believes in affirmative action programs of one kind if not another and that she would vote to uphold, in theory, programs that specifically designed to promote diversity. No news there, given her ruling on the Ricci case:

"To ensure that protection, there are situations in which race in some form must be considered; the courts have recognized that. Equality requires effort, and so there are some situations in which some form of race has been recognized by the court.

It is firmly my hope, as it was expressed by Justice O'Connor in her decision involving the University of Michigan Law School admissions criteria, that in 25 years, race in our society won't be needed to be considered in any situation. That's the hope."
- Judge Sotomayor

Her answers on property and privacy rights were far less revealing.

Koh's wasted his time on the justice term limit question since that would require a constitutional amendment.

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