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June 4, 2009


There is nothing revealed so far in Judge Sotomayer's record that disqualifies her from sitting on the Supreme Court. There is also nothing revealed so far in Judge Sotomayer's record that qualifies her to sit on the Supreme Court. So she should feel quite at home with most of the other justices.

Contrary to the impression given by the media, a school desegregation or major abortion case only comes up once a decade or more. The rest of the time, the assigned task of the justices, as with other judges, is to maintain the status quo. They function much like gimbal rings on a boat, which is to keep what they are holding steady regardless of what is happening in the sea around them.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

How about a scotus appointee worthy of Hugo Black or Thurgood Marshall? I'd suggest Ramsey Clark, Barry Scheck or Peter Neufeld.

June 5, 2009 9:56 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Sam, when you nail it, you really nail it - as you've done here.

June 7, 2009 1:55 AM  

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