Saturday, May 30, 2009

race to the supreme court

sonia sotomayor, the racist, activist judge: in the midst of the really fun and funny arguments spewing forth from non-elected republican leaders (and seriously, are there any of the elected kind?) tom goldstein at scotusblog has done something new and remarkable: he's read and reviewed every single race-related case on which sotomayor sat on the second circuit.

as you might guess, his findings are astonishing:
In an eleven-year career on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor has participated in roughly 100 panel decisions involving questions of race and has disagreed with her colleagues in those cases (a fair measure of whether she is an outlier) a total of 4 times.

Only one case (Gant) in that entire eleven years actually involved the question whether race discrimination may have occurred. (In another case (Pappas) she dissented to favor a white bigot.) She particulated in two other panels rejecting district court rulings agreeing with race-based jury-selection claims.

Given that record, it seems absurd to say that Judge Sotomayor allows race to infect her decisionmaking.
but newt? rush? tancredo? don't let facts stop you. please.

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