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WASHINGTON – President Barack Obama tapped federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.

If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Two officials described Obama's decision on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.

Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.

A formal announcement was expected at midmorning.

Obama had said publicly he wanted a justice who combined intellect and empathy — the ability to understand the troubles of everyday Americans.

Democrats hold a large majority in the Senate, and barring the unexpected, Sotomayor's confirmation should be assured.

If approved, she would join Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg as the second woman on the current court.

Sotomayor is a self-described "Newyorkrican" who grew up in a Bronx housing project after her parents moved to New York from Puerto Rico. She has dealt with diabetes since age 8 and lost her father at age 9, growing up under the care of her mother in humble surroundings. As a girl, inspired by the Perry Mason television show, she knew she wanted to be a judge.

A graduate of Princeton University and Yale Law School, a former prosecutor and private attorney, 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 a Republican, President George H.W. Bush, then named an appeals judge by President Bill Clinton in 1997.

At her Senate confirmation hearing more than a decade ago, she said, "I don't believe we should bend the Constitution under any circumstance. It says what it says. We should do honor to it."

In one of her most memorable rulings as federal district judge, Sotomayor essentially salvaged baseball in 1995, ruling with players over owners in a labor strike that had led to the cancellation of the World Series.

As an appellate judge, she sided with the city of New Haven, Conn., in a discrimination case brought by white firefighters after the city threw out results of a promotion exam because two few minorities scored high enough. Ironically, that case is now before the Supreme Court.

Obama's nomination is the first by a Democratic president in 15 years.

His announcement also leaves the Senate four months — more than enough by traditional standards — to complete confirmation proceedings before the Court begins its next term in the fall.

Republicans have issued conflicting signals about their intentions. While some have threatened filibusters if they deemed Obama's pick too liberal, others have said that is unlikely.

Given Sotomayor's selection, any decision to filibuster would presumably carry political risks — Hispanics are the fastest-growing segment of the population and an increasingly important one politically.

Abortion rights have been a flashpoint in several recent Supreme Court confirmations, although Sotomayor has not authored any controversial rulings on the subject.

Sotomayor's elevation to the appeals court was delayed by Republicans, in part out of concerns she might someday be selected for the Supreme Court. She was ultimately confirmed for the appeals court in 1998 on a 68-28 vote, gathering some Republican support.

Among those voting against her was Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions, now the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee that will hold sway over her confirmation.

Now, more than a decade later, Sotomayor possesses credentials Sessions said he wanted in a pick for the high court — years of experience on the bench. Obama had talked openly about the upside of choosing someone outside the judiciary — every single current justice is a former federal appeals court judge — but passed on at least two serious candidates who had never been judges.

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Excellent choice, Obma does the best thing for the country not just following political lines nor doing what is best for himself and his legacy....
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All over the news and punditsphere, Sonia Sotomayor has been touted as a highly likely choice to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court. One of her selling points, outside being a highly accomplished and intelligent jurist, is that she would be the first Hispanic Surpeme Court Justice. However, this claim ignores Benjamin N. Cardozo, a Sephardic Jew of Hispanic ancestry.

Benjamin N. Cardozo sat on the Supreme Court from 1932-1937, where his greatest achievement may have been laying down a foundation for a broad interpretation of the Commerce Clause. However, law students may know him better for his New York Court of Appeals opinions in Palsgraf, Wood v. Lucy, or Jacob & Youngs v. Kent. However, what brings him to the forefront today is his familial background.

Cardozo was a Sephardic Jew, which means that his ancestry is from North Africa or the Iberian Peninsula, rather than Eastern Europe, like us Ashkenazi Jews. Specifically, Cardozo's ancestors were from Portugal, and immigrated to the British colonies in the mid 18th century, before the Revolutionary War.

Admittedly, unlike Sotomayor, Cardozo was not a first generation American. Nor did he grow up in poverty, with a Vice-President of the New York Stock Exchange for an uncle and a judge for a father. However, this should not eclipse the fact that Cardozo could trace his family directly back to Portugal. Indeed, there is no question that Cardozo was a Portuguese American. The real question is whether that counts as Hispanic.

The United States Census Bureau does not consider Portuguese Americans to be "Hispanic," nor does the U.S. Office of Management and Budget. However, the U.S. Department of Transportation and the Small Business Administration, in addition to other federal, state, and municipal agencies, do recognize Portuguese under the umbrella term of Hispanic.

So perhaps it would be more accurate to say that Sotomayor would be the first non-white Hispanic on the Supreme Court.

In the end, whatever we call Sotomayor's ethnicity shouldn't matter. She would bring to the court a personal background and experience severely lacking.
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Like ALL nominees, they will do their level best to dismantle her. Two issues are unclear at the outset.

1. The Great American Abortion Litmus Test
2. Her racist comments

Let the games begin!
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Like ALL nominees, they will do their level best to dismantle her. Two issues are unclear at the outset.

1. The Great American Abortion Litmus Test
2. Her racist comments

Let the games begin!
and #3 where she has been quoted at two different meetings candidly confessing that at the appeals court level, their findings set "policy" a position that any 6th grade civics student knows is the domain of the other two branches of government.

I noted with some interest that she is a Type I diabetic from age 8. That means that she could become the first sitting justice with an amputation, kidney failure or blindness.

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The article doesn't mean "tapped" in the Drewprof way....
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She looks like a cross between Roseanne and Minnie Minoso.

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2. Her racist comments
But she never attended church when those sermons were preached!!!
Ooops - wrong person - carry on.

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From what little I know about her intellect, I think my gardener might have been a better pick. And he has empathy too! Besides he's Hispanic and knows his way around the law'n. The only thing he doesn't have is a vagina, but might be willing to have a sex change if the job pays well.

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Wow, then in your opinion Jayhawk, Daddy Bush must have been a dumbass, seeing how he was the one who originally appointed her to the Appeals court.

And hey, I hope you continually hapless Repugs go after her tooth and nail, nothing like driving an even wider wedge between Repiggies and Hispanics. Thanks for the votes!

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