President Barack Obama has nominated Federal Appeals Court Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. The nominee is the first Hispanic in history selected to serve on the High Court. If confirmed by the Senate, Judge Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. It’s highly significant that Judge Sotomayor will bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.
President Obama wanted a Justice who combined intellect and empathy — the ability to understand the troubles of everyday Americans – and his nominee appears to meet those requirements. A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, a former prosecutor and lawyer in private practice, Judge Sotomayor became a federal judge for the Southern District of New York in 1992. As a judge, she has a bipartisan pedigree. She was first appointed by President George H.W. Bush, and in 1997 was named an appeals judge by President Bill Clinton. It will be most difficult for any Senator to oppose this nominee if qualifications and judicial temperament are considered.
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