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Yeah, What Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Said

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Preach!

“Outside of the marriage context, can you think of any other rational basis, reason, for a state using sexual orientation as a factor in denying homosexuals benefits or imposing burdens on them? Is there any other rational decision-making that the government could make? Denying them a job, not granting them benefits of some sort, any other decision?”

– Here’s Supreme Court Justice/all-around baller Sonia Sotomayor‘s response to the anti-gay argument during the Prop 8 hearing this week. Lawyer Charles Cooper, who was defending California’s Prop 8 ban on gay marriage, had nothing to say in response. A “wise Latina” indeed! [Latina]

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Talks Princesses On “Sesame Street”

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At some point in the life of many little girls and some little boys there comes the cold, hard realization that you cannot be a princess when you grow up. Think about it: do you really want to spend the rest of your life like Kate Middleton abusing brown eye liner? I thought not. A new clip from “Sesame Street” breaks it to those booger-eaters with the help of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Keep reading »

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“I understand from my girlfriends that I’ve been put on a most eligible bachelorette list. I’ll figure that out in time. But right now I pity the man who tries to find a minute in my schedule.”

—Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor [AP] Keep reading »

Today’s Lady News: Sonia Sotomayor Sworn In As Supreme Court Justice

  • “Wise Latina” Sonia Sotomayor took the judicial oath of the Supreme Court on Saturday morning. She is the first Latina and the third woman to sit on the Supreme Court. [New York Times] — Her first case will be a snoozy-sounding campaign finance matter. Unless you’re into that sort of thing.
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Today’s Lady News: Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed To The Supreme Court

  • Sonia Sotomayor has been confirmed by the Senate in a 68-31 vote. After she receives the oath of office, Sotomayor will be the first Latina judge and third female judge to join the bench. [New York Times]
  • Chris Brown‘s sentencing for his assault of Rihanna has been delayed until August 27th. The judge on the case said she’d like for Brown to do hard labor as part of his community service. [TMZ] — That punishment’s a little better, but we still think Chris Brown should do some time to make the “don’t beat your girlfriend” message loud and clear.
  • Unfortch, yet another celeb got busted for allegedly beating a woman. Tom Sizemore, who starred in “Black Hawk Down,” was arrested last night for misdemeanor domestic violence against a female companion. In 2003, Sizemore was convicted of hitting his ex, Heidi Fleiss. [FoxNews] — Hitting women: hot in Hollywood right now?

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Sonia Sotomayor Gets The A-OK From Senate Panel

Hotly contested Latina Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was endorsed by the Senate Judiciary Committee today, by a vote of 13 to 6. Twelve Democrats and one Republican voted for her, which means maybe this thing won’t be so hotly contested after all? The New York Times says that Senate confirmation is pretty much guaranteed, even though some Republicans are pissed because they think Sotomayor is a liberal activist. Do you think Sonia Sotomayor will make a good Supreme Court justice? [NY Times] Keep reading »

Breaking: Sonia Sotomayor Can Be Objective, Too

Supreme Court justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor is in the middle her confirmation hearings. Each day, we reach new heights of irritation that her impartiality is called into question.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Senate Judiciary Committee summed up the tone the best on “Face The Nation” on Sunday, when he said, “Every judge must be committed every day to not let their personal politics, their ethnic background, their biases, sympathies influence the nature of their decision-making process.” The implicit question-behind-the-questions seem to be, should Sotomayor not be confirmed because she may judge like a Latina and a woman, instead of like white males who comprise the majority of the Supreme Court?

While, obviously, Sessions is correct that judges must be fair and impartial, it seems to us like Sotomayor’s ethnic background is only a big to do right now because it’s something other than white—as if white people don’t have biases, too. Keep reading »

“Jane Roe” Arrested Outside Sotomayor’s Supreme Court Hearing

Norma McCorvey, the woman who served as the plaintiff in the Roe vs. Wade decision which effectively legalized abortion across America, was arrested today with anti-abortion protesters outside of Sonia Sotomayor‘s Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Capitol Police told That Washington Post that McCorvey and her pro-life cohorts made it into the chambers of the confirmation hearing and started yelling during Sen. Al Franken’s opening remarks. Keep reading »

Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor Takes The Stand

Supreme Court Justice nominee Sonia Sotomayor takes the stand today in what looks like be one of the controversial confirmation hearings yet. (Well, besides that whole Clarence Thomas, pubic-hair-on-my-Coke thing.) In May, Barack Obama announced that Sotomayor was his pick to replace David Souter on the Supreme Court. Ever since then, the liberal Latina judge has faced wave after wave of Republican criticism. For the next seven days, Sotomayor will be nitpicked with the GOP’s fine sharp-toothed comb. While day one of the hearings is basically a warm-up, here’s what to expect as the questioning really heats up. [NY Times] Keep reading »

The Only Woman On The Supreme Court: Ruth Bader Ginsberg Tells All

A lot of people are happy that Barack Obama nominated Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court, but Emily Bazelon from Slate found someone in particular who is pretty psyched: the only woman presently sitting on the Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg.

Ever since Justice Sandra Day O’Connor retired three years ago, Ginsberg has represented the XX chromosomes on the most important bench in the country with her colleagues—eight men. She spoke with Bazelon for the New York Times‘ Sunday magazine about why the Supreme Court should have more women on it, why women might judge differently than men do, and her concerns about reproductive rights and the legality of abortion.

We collected nine bits of Ginsberg-ian wisdom, after the jump. [The New York Times Magazine] Keep reading »

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