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Judge Sotomayor

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The Right is already hysterical about Sotomayor’s nomination, though most of the arguments against her are personal attacks and unspecific charges of "judicial activism"—no facts allowed. SCOTUSblog has a very good summary of her action decisions if you’re interested in a fact-based examination. It begins:

Judge Sonia Sotomayor is an obviously serious candidate to serve on the Supreme Court.  We have been struck by how the amount of commentary about Judge Sotomayor has ignored the most accessible and valuable source of information:  her opinions as an appellate judge.  Last year, I directed a project in which a team of Akin Gump summer associates extensively reviewed Judge Sotomayor’s opinions.  Amy Howe subsequently revised and expanded their work, with contributions by me.

Here, we make our first effort at summarizing what we regard as Judge Sotomayor’s principal opinions in civil cases.  Our only goal is to identify and summarize the opinions, not evaluate them.

A summary of additional civil cases, as well as Judge Sotomayor’s leading criminal law opinions will follow.


Since joining the Second Circuit in 1998, Sotomayor has authored over 150 opinions, addressing a wide range of issues, in civil cases.  To date, two of these decisions have been overturned by the Supreme Court; a third is under review and likely to be reversed.  In those two cases (and likely the third), Sotomayor’s opinion was rejected by the Supreme Court’s more conservative majority and adopted by its more liberal dissenters (including Justice Souter).  Those outcomes suggest that Sotomayor’s views would in many respects be similar to those of Justice Souter.

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Written by Leisureguy

26 May 2009 at 9:56 am

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