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Hispanic Supreme Court Justice Backs Donald Trump, Says All Judges Make Their Rulings Based On Their Race

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Hispanic Supreme Court Justice Backs Donald Trump, Says All Judges Make Their Rulings Based On Their Race

As does the Trump University judge, therefore.

Excerpted from The New York Times: In 2001, Sonia Sotomayor, an appeals court judge, gave a speech declaring that the ethnicity and sex of a judge “may and will make a difference in our judging.”

In her speech, Judge Sotomayor questioned the famous notion — often invoked by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and her retired Supreme Court colleague, Sandra Day O’Connor — that a wise old man and a wise old woman would reach the same conclusion when deciding cases.

“I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life,” said Judge Sotomayor, who is now considered to be near the top of President Obama’s list of potential Supreme Court nominees.

Her remarks, at the annual Judge Mario G. Olmos Law and Cultural Diversity Lecture at the University of California, Berkeley, were not the only instance in which she has publicly described her view of judging in terms that could provoke sharp questioning in a confirmation hearing.

This month, for example, a video surfaced of Judge Sotomayor asserting in 2005 that a “court of appeals is where policy is made.” She then immediately adds: “And I know — I know this is on tape, and I should never say that because we don’t make law. I know. O.K. I know. I’m not promoting it. I’m not advocating it. I’m — you know.”

The video was of a panel discussion for law students interested in becoming clerks, and she was explaining the different experiences gained when working at district courts and appeals courts. Her remarks caught the eye of conservative bloggers who accused her of being a “judicial activist,” although Jonathan H. Adler, a professor at Case Western Reserve University law school, argued that critics were reading far too much into those remarks.

Republicans have signaled that they intend to put the eventual nominee under a microscope, and they say they were put on guard by Mr. Obama’s statement that judges should have “empathy,” a word they suggest could be code for injecting liberal ideology into the law.

Judge Sotomayor has given several speeches about the importance of diversity. But her 2001 remarks at Berkeley, which were published by the Berkeley La Raza Law Journal, went further, asserting that judges’ identities will affect legal outcomes.

“Whether born from experience or inherent physiological or cultural differences,” she said, for jurists who are women and nonwhite, “our gender and national origins may and will make a difference in our judging.” Keep reading

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  • Dr What

    I suppose racism is still alive in America after all. Now it’s supposed to be inevitable, according to a Supreme Court Justice. At least she’s backing Mr Trump. That will stick in Clinton’s craw and Obama is no doubt Flipping his Wig !

    • Henry Rearden

      President Obama would have to have morals to flip his wig. He won’t care cuz the press “has his back.”

    • Mary Starr

      Racism was zero to what in So California .. it was always about green as long as I’ve lived born here … and it was Obama whose own book declared his hate against whites and his own white mama .. Obama is the racist and that’s where it’s flourished, exactly how the Muslim president intended.

  • mmazzi

    I’m not racist. I just don’t like her “attitude.” Her face makes me sick, too. She’s a liar and should not be in the Supreme Court with her racism. OMG!

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