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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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  • Utah same-sex marriage case heads for high court

    Utah officials plan to ask the U.S. Supreme Court as early as Thursday to stop same-sex marriages in their state, a last-ditch effort to halt the parade of weddings since a federal judge struck down the state’s ban on such unions. The state’...
  • Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to lead NYC New Year's Eve countdown

    Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor to lead NYC New Year's Eve countdown
    New York City is going to kick in the new year with one of its own: U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, has been tapped to lead the Times Square countdown on New Year's Eve on Tuesday. The announcement was made...
  • 7 weird items that will drop New Year's Eve (not the Times Square ball)

    The Times Square ball won't be the only that item that will be dropping from high perches around the country for the New Year's Eve countdown. The illuminated crystal ball that descends in New York City a minute before midnight has become such a famous...
  • TV Review: 'The Kennedy Center Honors'

    "The Kennedy Center Honors" is always a joyous and classy affair, and this year's telecast gets a modest upgrade -- airing on a Sunday night, albeit still in the arid window between Christmas and New Year's. Yet the 36th edition of this annual celebration...
  • Times Square ball drop has some oddball counterparts

    When Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor — who will lead the Times Square New Year's Eve celebration Tuesday — touches off New York City's ball drop, the illuminated orb won't be the only thing falling around the country at midnight. These...
  • 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,...
  • 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...
  • Supreme Court shields airlines in defamation case

    Supreme Court shields airlines in defamation case
    WASHINGTON — The Supreme Court on Monday shielded airlines from being sued when they alert the government to threatening or suspicious behavior by their pilots or passengers, even if the reports turn out to be exaggerated or misleading. In a 6-3...
  • The Little Sisters' absurd case against Obamacare

    The final wheeze of Obamacare news that crossed the wires in 2013 was a New Year's Eve emergency injunction granted by Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor for a group of Catholic nuns who operate nursing homes in Denver and Baltimore. At first blush,...
  • Utah delays asking Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages

    WASHINGTON -- It will likely be several days before Utah asks the U.S. Supreme Court to stop same-sex marriages in the state, the Utah attorney general’s office said Thursday. The state had been expected to file a petition with the court as...
  • Compromise remains elusive on health law's contraceptive coverage

    Compromise remains elusive on health law's contraceptive coverage
    WASHINGTON — The intensifying Supreme Court clash over whether birth control should be required under President Obama's signature healthcare law has revealed just how deep divisions remain between administration officials and Catholic leaders over...
  • Silence suggests Supreme Court divided over contraception case

    Silence suggests Supreme Court divided over contraception case
    WASHINGTON — The surprising silence coming from the Supreme Court over the last week on a challenge to Obamacare by a group of Colorado nuns suggests justices are divided over what to with the complicated dispute. On New Year's Eve, Justice...