Tag Archives: Sonia Sotomayor

In Changing Social Norms, Narrative (and the Court’s Fragile Sensibilities) Matter

Consider this a follow-up to yesterday’s post on the culture of the legal academy. Last week’s New Yorker offers the true tale behind Lawrence v. Texas, the watershed Supreme Court case that made unconstitutional any state law targeting morality in the bedroom, and therefore inaugurated the modern gay rights movement. Per Dahlia Lithwick, and her reviewed author Dale […]

A Proxy War for Gay Rights?

Justice Stevens reminds us why we’ll miss him: While JUSTICE THOMAS would apparently not rule out a death sentence for a $50 theft by a 7-year-old, see post, at 4, 10, n. 3, the Court wisely rejects his static approach to the law. Standards of decency have evolved since 1980. They will never stop doing […]

President Obama’s Justice Mendoza Moment

Given that Justice John Paul Stevens will retire soon — and he’ll be missed — Salon is right to note that Obama has no shortage of “safe” choices. And that the smart money’s on him picking one of them. But he probably shouldn’t. The decision to nominate now-Justice Sotomayor proved one thing: the conservative wing […]

Sotomayor, J., Delivered the Opinion of the Court

Get used to seeing that. Was there ever a doubt? Good for Senators Alexander, Bond, Collins, Graham, Gregg, Lugar, Martinez, Snowe, and Voinovich for breaking ranks with their Republican comrades to vote for this historic confirmation. Note that half of the Republicans’ female senators — Collins and Snowe, but not Hutchinson and Murkowski — voted […]

Guest Post: For a Brief, Shining Moment, Pat Buchanan Looked Reasonable

Thanks to John Casker for providing this guest post! It’s amazing serendipity that ACG is looking for guest writers. I’ve spent the last four days fuming about two things: a Rachel Maddow clip that’s making the rounds, and the fact that for once I wish I had a soapbox to fume upon but don’t. Well […]

Alternate Reality: What a Fully Candid Senate Confirmation Would Look Like

Judge Sotomayor concluded her testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, with every sign that she’ll be confirmed handily, with Republican support, even. But for those of us with knowledge of the legal system, or even a decent respect for the process of judging, the hearings were a painfully dull exercise, full of all […]

Note to New Readers

Hello new visitors — thanks for reading a few suddenly very popular articles! I hope all of you stick around. However, I’d like to record one short note. This blog is not a “birther” blog. It’s 50% politics, 20% law, 20% science, and 10% miscellaneous. Categories #1 and #2 overlap with some frequency, and sweep […]

Justice Sotomayor (Day 4): Lindsey Graham Misses the Point of Brown v. Board

Lindsey Graham, explaining the importance of knowing a Justice’s philosophy prior to confirming her (from CNN): [Brown v. Board was] instructive in the sense that the court pushed the country to do something politicians were not brave enough to do. [. . .] “If I had been elected as a senator from South Carolina [in […]

Justice Sotomayor (Day 2): What Does Jim Sessions Want?

From the liveblog & CNN stream of the Sotomayor confirmation hearings, it’s becoming increasingly clear that Jeff Sessions’ greatest talent is yelling and interrupting — not making sense. What’s he even want from her? One clue: I will not vote for – no senator should vote for – an individual nominated by any President who […]

Justice Sotomayor (Day 1): Activism Cuts Both Ways

Congratulations to the Democrats for making this important point: Sen. Sheldon Whitehouse, D-Rhode Island, quoted CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin’s statement that “in every major case since he became the nation’s seventeenth chief justice, Roberts has sided with the prosecution over the defendant, the state over the condemned, the executive branch over the legislative, and […]