Tag: Sonia Sotomayor

Ricci, Raniola, and Dabit

Legal news-junkies will immediately recognize that the title of this diary is a list of some notable decisions by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, instead of an obscure legal partnership in... Omaha, maybe.

"Discussion" of Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court in the mainstream media will probably buzz around Ricci, with some carry-over into Raniola, but if Sotomayor's opponents had any real regard for the truth of the situation (and they don't), they would forget about trying to convict the nominee of extra-judicial "empathy" in connection with her high-profile rulings in the area of work-place and employment discrimination, and concentrate instead on the only instance where Sotomayor may have actually jumped the tracks of judicial restraint, and written an opinion based on sympathy for a plaintiff and revulsion for one of the most miserable statutes (SLUSA) ever enacted in the ongoing transformation of federal law into a shield for the ultra-rich against the rest of us, and that would be Judge Sotomayor's opinion in Dabit v. Merrill Lynch, Pierce, Fenner & Smith, Inc., 395 F.3d 25 (2d Cir. 2005), and its sequels.

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White House Conference Call on Judge Sotomayor

Update: Here's the official White House statement on Judge Sotomayor's nomination.

The White House held a conference call for legal media today on the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. I was on the fairly short (1/2 hr) call.

The call was led by Ron Klain (chief counsel to VP Biden). He made a brief statement and then took questions. Summary below: [More...]

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Judge Sotomayor's Legal Opinions

Update: CNN factsheet on Judge Sotomayor.

Thanks to ScotusBlog for its analysis of Judge Sonia Sotomayor's legal opinions in civil cases and cases in which at least one judge dissented. There are some criminal cases in the "dissent" category.

As for the arguments that will be made against her appointment, ScotusBlog lists and analyzes four. [More...]

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