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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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  • At Supreme Court, baffling decision follows awful Hobby Lobby ruling

    Over the weekend, without a pressing deadline at hand, I sat down to read more closely the Supreme Court’s Hobby Lobby decision, and Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg’s strong dissent. Maybe, in the heat of deadline, I had missed something important...
  • Supreme Court says IQ cannot determine mental fitness in capital cases

    The Supreme Court put new limits on the death penalty Tuesday, deciding that states may not use a "rigid rule" that denies leniency to defendants with severe mental disabilities simply because they score 70 or above on an IQ test. "Intellectual...
  • Supreme Court deals setback to young relatives of legal immigrants

    Supreme Court deals setback to young relatives of legal immigrants
    Foreign-born grandchildren, nieces and nephews of Americans and legal immigrants will lose their place in line to obtain a visa if they reach age 21 before the process is complete, the Supreme Court ruled Monday. Upholding a disputed part of the law...
  • Conservative justices seem poised to deal blow to Obamacare

    Conservative justices seem poised to deal blow to Obamacare
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court's conservative majority sounded poised Tuesday to deal a blow to President Obama's healthcare law and rule that business owners may invoke their religious beliefs to opt out of a new federal requirement that they pay...
  • correction tester

    The Supreme Court's decision Monday to allow Christian prayers at city council and other public meetings divided justices not only ideologically, but along religious lines as well. The five justices in majority are Catholics, and they agreed that an...
  • New legal battle opens over Obamacare and contraceptives

    New legal battle opens over Obamacare and contraceptives
    Even as the Supreme Court weighs one challenge to the Obama administration's rule that female employees be offered health plans that include a full range of contraceptives, lawyers for several prominent Catholic groups are seeking to set up a potential...
  • Are Supreme Court justices becoming 'party judges'?

    There’s a tendency for a journalist who covers two beats to start seeing similarities between them. In my career I’ve written a lot about two subjects: religion and the law, and I’m always discerning (or fantasizing) connections...
  • Supreme Court sets aside $3.4-million verdict for child-porn victim

    WASHINGTON — Victims of child pornography whose images of sexual abuse have circulated on the Internet may claim damages from every person caught with illegal images, the Supreme Court ruled Wednesday. But justices rejected the idea that a...
  • Supreme Court upholds EPA rule to reduce cross-state pollution

    The Supreme Court by a lopsided vote upheld an Obama administration regulation that requires states with coal-fired power plants to reduce the air pollution that drifts across Midwest and East Coast states. “This is a big win for the nation’...
  • Virginia on losing, and winning, side in cross-state pollution ruling

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Tuesday resurrected Environmental Protection Agency rules targeting air pollution that drifts across state borders, handing the Obama administration a victory on one of its major environmental efforts. The...
  • Supreme Court may boost free-speech protections for public workers

    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday sounded ready to rule that a public employee who testifies about corruption in his government department cannot be fired for revealing the truth. But first justices will need to confront their own 2006...
  • Your phone may not have the right to remain silent

    Your phone may not have the right to remain silent
    Big Brother would have loved your smartphone. It not only knows where you've been and who's in touch with you but also records your photos, texts, emails and social media exchanges. Linked to the cloud, it allows access to your entire digital lifespan,...