Monday, June 29, 2009

SCOTUS Tosses Sotomayor’s Ricci Decision

Former La Raza member and Obama nominee for the Supreme Court of the United States (SCOTUS) Sonia Sotomayor has been reversed by the Court she wishes to serve on.

La Raza, if you are unfamiliar with it, is a council which “works to improve opportunities for Hispanic Americans five key areas: assets and investments, civil rights and immigration, education, employment and economic status, and health. Sotomayor’s Senate questionnaire discloses this description as well as her many years of membership. You can view her full questionnaire here.

La Raza is widely known for espousing an open borders policy and identity-politics type positions.

In its decision to overturn the Ricci Decision, the court ruled that Sotomayor was wrong in her findings in the case and that several white firefighters were in fact unfairly denied promotions because of race. The full decision can be found here.

This is a serious slap to Sotomayor, hailed as one of the most brilliant minds on the appellate court. In particular, the decision faults her for failing to consider the constitutional issues in the case (failing to consider the 14th Amendment, equal protection issue.) The timing is also less than perfect. This will likely reinvigorate the discussions on her previous dealings as it relates to race culminating in her confirmation hearing.

Some highlights to expect are rehashing her very controversial statement claiming that a wise Latina woman is better as a judge than a white male judge. I would also not be surprised to see some of her previous scholarly works come under review. One such review was done of her Senior Thesis at Princeton. The review was largely flattering but did contain some “jarring” statements. You can read it here and follow the links if you want to read the full review.

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