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May 26, 2009
Obama nominates first Hispanic Supreme Court justice

President Obama announced his choice for the Supreme Court on Tuesday — Sonia Sotomayor, a federal appeals court judge from New York whose parents came from Puerto Rico.

The story also received prominent news coverage around the world, with newspapers in Latin America and elsewhere highlighting the fact that Judge Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Supreme Court nominee.

Christopher Sabatini, a senior director of policy for the Council of the Americas, joins Martin Savidge to discuss how the news of Sotomayor’s nomination is playing in Latin America and the role of women in the judiciary in Latin America.

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I don’t think WorldFocus is correct to call Sotomayer the possible “first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.” That appellation probably belongs to the late great Supreme Court Justice, Benjamin N. Cardozo, whose family originally hailed from Portugal.

Regarding Daniel’s above statement, there doesn’t seem to be anyone who believes that Judge Sotomayor does not have the best of credentials (especially “ability!”)to be nominated.

It was an accepted (by all pundits)and foregone conclusion that no matter who the President nominated, the Republicans would put up a big fight.


Dear MR. Sabatini: I heard you say neither party is going to block Sotomayer’s nomination what will be a historic moment. Does the name Estrada mean anything to you as in Miguel? Democrats vilified this man who also came from humble beginnings because he was a conservative Latino and the Dems got away with it. Also, you nominate people to the highest court because of ability AND NOT ETHNICITY. It should play no part in applying the law and neither should gender. This is reprehensible.

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