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My Camera Editorial Advisory Board comment published on May 30, 2009, in response to the Camera’s question: This week, President Barack Obama selected Sonia Sotomayor as his candidate of choice for the U.S. Supreme Court. What do you think of the selection?

Judge Sonia Sotomayor sees herself as a wise Latina woman who because of her life would come to a better conclusion as a justice than a white male. That raises a red flag as it smacks of sexism and elitism, if not racism. More importantly, I question whether she could honestly and solemnly swear to administer justice equally without respect to persons and to impartially fulfill her responsibilities under the Constitution and U.S. laws.

The racism case that is going to come back to bite Sotomayor is Ricci V. DeStefano, the New Haven firefighters case. When the case went before her as an appellate court judge, she found nothing wrong though it appears an obvious case of racial discrimination. The Supreme Court will decide the case in July prior to her confirmation hearings, so I am sure we’ll hear much more on that.

Sotomayor erroneously sees her role on the bench bigger than simply fulfilling responsibilities under the Constitution and U.S. laws. She affirmed that belief at Duke University in 2005, where she affirmed policy should be made from the bench.

In the confirmation hearings, I hope Democrats take on the responsibility to address these issues. I expect Republicans, though they do not have enough votes to change the outcome, to squawk loudly. Lots more weighty issues need to be weighed here than Sotomayor’s personal narrative and her having empathy.

Source: Daily Camera

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