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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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    by James Oliphant When Justice John Paul Stevens announced his retirement from the Supreme Court, the White House pledged a thorough and extensive search for his replacement. Officials said the president would seek someone who could understand the law's...
  • Obama to make Kagan choice official

     
    Solicitor General Elena Kagan speaks at a forum in Washington in January. (AP/Jose Luis Magana) by Christi Parsons and David G. Savage This morning, President Obama will name Solicitor General Elena Kagan to fill the opening on the U.S.......
  • Who's That Girl? Kagan sets age mark

     
    by James Oliphant Hey, Boomers, Gen Xers, all of you. Ready to freak? Good. Siddown. We've reached a milestone in terms of the Supreme Court nomination process that you are likely not aware of. If Elena Kagan is confirmed, she......
  • GOP questions Kagan's experience

     
    (Getty/Tim Sloan) by James Oliphant and Lisa Mascaro Elena Kagan, President Obama's choice as the nation's next Supreme Court justice, has never been a judge and until recently had never argued a case in court. Ever since her nomination......
  • A Supreme Court of Catholics and Jews: Does it matter?

     
    This comes from the Religion News Service: By Adelle M. Banks As Solicitor General Elena Kagan prepares for confirmation hearings to make her the newest member of the U.S. Supreme Court, her nomination changes the religious makeup of the nation’s...
  • Puerto Rican judge makes final cut for higher court appointment

     
    An email campaign is currently on its way as part of a  grassroots effort by Hispanic leaders to get County Judge Wilfredo Martinez promoted to circuit judge. Martinez is one of three finalists that will interview on Tuesday with Gov. Charlie Crist for...
  • Hollywood whitewash? 'Airbender' and 'Prince of Persia' anger fans with ethnic casting

     
    This is a longer version of Chris Lee's cover story in this Sunday's Los Angeles Times Calendar section. Since its release, the video game franchise Prince of Persia has become notable for the acrobatic grace of its dagger-wielding, balloon pants-wearing....
  • The people have spoken. So what?

     
    The people -- or at least the people surveyed by USA Today -- don't like Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan. Only 46% of respondents said yes when asked if they would like to see the Senate vote for her confirmation. By comparison, USA today notes: Chief...
  • NRA fires warning shot at Kagan

     
    100 senators, 100 meetings, 100 pictures like this: Elena Kagan meets with Florida Sen. George LeMieux on Thursday. (AP/Drew Angerer) by James Oliphant In her first weeks as dean of Harvard Law School in 2003, Elena Kagan put the......
  • SCOTUS screens prevent surprises

     
    by David G. Savage A few weeks after President Nixon selected G. Harrold Carswell for the Supreme Court, the White House learned, via newspaper stories, that the Florida judge had given speeches endorsing racial segregation and had worked to keep......
  • Can U.S. Senate candidate Marco Rubio attract Hispanic voters?

     
    By CHRISTINE ARMARIO Associated Press Writer MIAMI (AP) — At a boutique hotel in Miami's upscale Coral Gables neighborhood, members of a Republican women's group smile and gush as Senate candidate Marco Rubio enters the room. A Spanish-language televis....
  • Elena Kagan? Elena Kagan. Most Americans can't say they know the name this morning

     
    C-SPAN poll finds country about evenly divided among those who like her, those who don't and those who don't care....