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Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
President Barack Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor of New York for the Supreme Court, positioning the longtime federal jurist to become the first Hispanic member of the nation's highest court.

Sotomayor, first appointed to the federal district court for the Southern District of New York by Republican President George H.W. Bush in 1991, sits on the Second Circuit Court of Appeals. She was elevated to the circuit court, one of the nation's most prestigious, by Democratic President Bill Clinton in 1998.
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  • Vacations by the book

    Vacations by the book
    Carla Hayden is one of Baltimore's best-known book lovers, one who has spent 21 years at the helm of the city's Enoch Pratt Free Library. When the busy bibliophile takes time off to travel, she appreciates accommodations where books are part of the...
  • Bud Selig's tenure as MLB commissioner might be tough to follow

    Bud Selig's tenure as MLB commissioner might be tough to follow
    The timing of Bud Selig’s pre-retirement news conference at Camden Yards Tuesday was delicious. It was 20 years to the day after major league players walked out and initiated the most disastrous labor showdown in baseball history. The great work...
  • Supreme Court divide riles political parties [Commentary]

    Supreme Court divide riles political parties [Commentary]
    "If the Supreme Court will not protect women's access to health care, then Democrats will. ... It's time that five men on the Supreme Court stop deciding what happens to women." — Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid Such over-the-top rhetoric will...
  • Getting past Michigan [Editorial]

    Getting past Michigan  [Editorial]
    The Supreme Court's decision this week in the case Schuette v. Coalition to Defend Affirmative Action was disappointing but not surprising and might have been far worse. What the court did was uphold a 2006 ballot initiative that banned race-based...
  • Obamacare mandate doesn't violate nuns' rights [Editorial]

    Obamacare mandate doesn't violate nuns' rights [Editorial]
    Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor made a reasonable decision when, on New Year's Eve, she temporarily blocked implementation of the Affordable Care Act's contraception coverage mandate in a case brought by a religious order of nuns that operates homes...
  • Little Sisters hopeful after Supreme Court stays Obamacare birth control mandate

    Little Sisters hopeful after Supreme Court stays Obamacare birth control mandate
    A Roman Catholic order of nuns who care for the elderly poor was hopeful Wednesday after the Supreme Court temporarily blocked an Obamacare provision that would have required it to authorize birth control coverage for employees starting with the new year....
  • Delay health mandate fines against ministries [Commentary]

    Delay health mandate fines against ministries [Commentary]
    Pope Francis recently reaffirmed that religious freedom is "a fundamental human right" and warned against the impulse to "relegate [religions] to the enclosed precincts of churches, synagogues or mosques." The freedom of religion cannot be reduced to...
  • U.S. asks Supreme Court not to extend Catholics' contraception exemption

    U.S. asks Supreme Court not to extend Catholics' contraception exemption
    The Obama administration argued Friday that the Affordable Care Act contains sufficient protections for nonprofits that object to providing health coverage for contraception and urged the Supreme Court to reject an appeal from a Catonsville-based Catholic...
  • Obamacare a threat to religious freedom [Letter]

    Regarding The Sun's editorial critical of the lawsuit involving the Little Sisters of the Poor ("Obamacare mandate doesn't violate nuns' rights," Jan. 2), the Little Sisters of the Poor is a Roman Catholic institution for women. This congregation serves...
  • Supreme Court reshapes same-sex marriage debate

    Supreme Court reshapes same-sex marriage debate
    In a decision with both historic and practical significance for gay and lesbian couples, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday that the federal government must recognize same-sex marriages — an outcome advocates hope will aid in their state-by-state...
  • U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection

    U.S. Supreme Court authorizes post-arrest DNA collection
    A divided U.S. Supreme Court ruled Monday that police in Maryland and elsewhere can continue the warrantless collection of DNA from people arrested — but not convicted — of serious crimes. The 5-4 decision upheld a state law that allows...
  • Court's DNA decision serves public safety and justice

    Court's DNA decision serves public safety and justice
    The Supreme Court's decision today to uphold Maryland's law allowing the collection of DNA samples from people arrested for serious crimes upholds the interests of justice, the Constitution and common sense. Concerns that the DNA samples could violate...