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Judge Sonia Sotomayor makes history

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 Judgment Day turned into a shining moment for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Today Judge Sotomayor won confirmation from the U.S. Senate on a sweeping 68-31 vote. Nine Republicans joined Democrats in voting for the 55-year-old federal appeals court judge. Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and only the third female to sit on the nation’s highest court.

Republican opponents insisted Sotomayor was too liberal. Supporters defended her as an impartial jurist who would be an asset to the U.S. Supreme Court. In his remarks after the confirmation, President Obama praised his nominee and the Senate’s decision: “And with this historic vote, the Senate has affirmed that Judge Sotomayor has the intellect, the temperament, the history, the integrity and the independence of mind to ably serve on our nation’s highest court.”

“These core American ideals — justice, equality, and opportunity — are the very ideals that have made Judge Sotomayor’s own uniquely American journey possible.  They’re ideals she’s fought for throughout her career, and the ideals the Senate has upheld today in breaking yet another barrier and moving us yet another step closer to a more perfect union.”

 Sotomayor will be sworn in as the 111th U.S. Supreme Court justice by Chief Justice John Roberts on Saturday.

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5 Responses to Judge Sonia Sotomayor makes history

  1. Al in SoCal Monday, August 10, 2009 at 4:43 pm #

    From the article, “Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic and only the third female to sit on the nation’s highest court.”

    I think it’s amazing and hopefully she won’t be the last “she” on the court in the years to come.

  2. Pepper Wednesday, August 12, 2009 at 2:53 pm #

    Oh please she is not the first ‘she’ so why would you have to hope she is ‘not the last she on teh court’ ?

    You need a reality check Al.

  3. Al in SoCal Friday, August 14, 2009 at 6:18 pm #

    >>Oh please she is not the first ’she’ so why would you have to hope she is ‘not the last she on teh court’ ?

    Let’s just hope “she” can spell or use a good spellchecker – UNLIKE you.

  4. Pepper Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 12:05 pm #


    Actually Al,I don’t believe that this blog has spell check capabilities, however you actually only prove my point regarding your comment,as the typo is rather obvious as a simple typo and not a direct mispelling. You do so often miss the bovious don’t you Al.

    Once again AL, while you hope she will not be the last ‘she on the court you appear to overlook that ‘she’ is not the first ‘she’ so there really is no reason to remain awake at night so deeply concerned that this may be the last ‘she’ unless ofcourse you asume ‘she’ will be so terrible that ‘she’ creates a backlash that ensures ‘she’ is the last ‘she’for a few generations.

    You are illogical and always fall back on insipid remarks like spell check and the reason is simple your points are not points at all they are thoughtless and ridiculous remarks that add nothing to our society.

  5. flippification Saturday, August 15, 2009 at 1:13 pm #

    What I get from Al’s oh so insightfull comments is that so long as we appoint a she everything will be great and forget the dang qualifications to do the job. Not a mention about a qualified she just she she she so sheesh al!

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