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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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  • Allow gay marriages to continue, Utah couples tell Supreme Court

    WASHINGTON — Since hundreds of same-sex couples already have married in Utah, there is no urgent need for the Supreme Court to intervene now in the legal battle, lawyers for gay couples told the justices. They were responding to an emergency...
  • Obamacare lawsuit forces order of nuns into the public eye

    People recognized St. Jeanne Jugan by the begging basket she carried while walking down the roads of Brittany, in northwest France, in the late 18th and early 19th centuries. Going from door to door, Jugan would ask people for money, gifts —...
  • White House wants nuns' injunction on contraceptive mandate dropped

    WASHINGTON — Obama administration lawyers strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and her fellow Supreme Court members to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate...
  • Teen creating community to turn her grief into good

    Teen creating community to turn her grief into good
    You only have to spend a minute or two with Genevieve Liu, the 14-year-old University of Chicago Lab School freshman, to know, in your heart of hearts, this kid is going places. I lucked into meeting her this year through her mom, Dana Suskind, director...
  • What Edward Snowden started

    Edward Snowden should be proud. Until this week, the National Security Agency could argue that its massive effort to collect every American's telephone records had been approved, at least tacitly, by all three branches of government. The president was...
  • Politics, not justice, in Alabama death penalty cases

    A murder trial is held and the defendant is convicted. After hearing the mitigating and aggravating circumstances of the crime during the sentencing phase of the case, the jury concludes that the death penalty is not an appropriate punishment for the...
  • Supreme Court blocks contraceptives rule for religious groups

    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Friday shielded the Little Sisters of the Poor and other nonprofit religious groups from complying, for now, with the Obama administration’s rule that they provide free contraceptives in the health insurance they...
  • Justice Sotomayor grants temporary Obamacare exemption to nuns

    Justice Sotomayor grants temporary Obamacare exemption to nuns
    WASHINGTON — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor granted a temporary exemption late Tuesday to a small group of Catholic nuns that shields it from having to comply with a part of President Obama's healthcare law that requires it to provide...
  • The problem with Elizabeth Warren's call for a 'diverse' judiciary

    Sen. Elizabeth Warren’s populist crusade has a new objective: preventing “a corporate capture of the federal courts.” The Massachusetts Democrat and progressive heroine graciously concedes that “there are some really talented...
  • Letters: 'Elites' vs. religious belief

    Re "A 2014 wish list," Editorial, Jan. 1 This wish by The Times reinforces the stereotype of liberal elitists' dismissive responses to conservative viewpoints: "Conservatives who argue that religious liberty is under siege because of gay rights,...
  • Supreme Court extends whistle-blower protections under anti-fraud law

    Supreme Court extends whistle-blower protections under anti-fraud law
    WASHINGTON -- The Supreme Court on Tuesday expanded protections for whistle blowers covered by an anti-fraud law passed following the collapse of energy giant Enron, ruling outside accountants, auditors and lawyers cannot be fired or punished for exposing...
  • No need to delay Obamacare birth control rule, administration says

    WASHINGTON -- Obama administration lawyers Friday strongly urged Justice Sonia Sotomayor and the Supreme Court to drop an appeal from the Little Sisters of the Poor and other Catholic groups who object to the so-called contraceptive mandate in the new...