Finally, Justice Sotomayor

Welcome to the U.S. Supreme Court bench, Justice Sotomayor.

The wonderful Scotusblog by Akin Gump & Tom Goldstein posted a lovely reminder of those long lost days of unanimous confirmations in advance of the Senate’s vote. And yes, you read that right, Justice Antonin Scalia was approved by a vote of 98-0. Now we have former presidential candidates from states with large Latino populations who not only vote against esteemed and experienced jurists but also appear to stumble over a fairly straightforward last name.

The fractionalization of support for our jurists for political gain undermines American’s trust in our justice system and should stop. We hope that the next nominee does not have to endure the treatment Justice Sotomayor received.

For the record, the vote for Justice Sotomayor was 68-31. She is the 111th justice, the third woman, the third person of color and the first Hispanic member of the bench.


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