Thursday, August 6, 2009

Great News: Sonia Sotomayor

Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed today as an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States by a vote of 68-31. She will be the Court's first Hispanic justice and its third female justice.

This is incredible news. One of the most important thing the President of the US can do is to appoint a Supreme Court Justice. If President Obama does nothing else right in his presidency, he will still be a president who has been able to appoint a great lieral jurist as a Supreme Court justice. After the disastrous appointments of the Bush era (Samuel A. Alito and John J. Roberts), this is welcome news indeed.

1 comment:

Tom Carter said...

In my opinion, Sotomayor will be a good justice. I think she'll often look more like a centrist than a liberal, particularly in criminal cases.

I don't think the Roberts and Alito nominations were disastrous by any means. They're more conservative, sure, but that doesn't make them disastrous. Chief Justice Roberts, in particular, was a great pick, and I think he's going to emerge as one of the most effective Chiefs in the history of the Court.