July 10, 2009 The Senate Judiciary Committee begins confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor on Monday. Republicans are sure to focus on her time at a Puerto Rican legal defense fund and her style on the bench. Democrats will likely point to her remarkable life story.
July 8, 2009 Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor are set for next week, and the endorsements are flowing with increasing intensity. So, too, is the political maneuvering. Later this week, former FBI director Louis Freeh is expected to join those formally recommending Sotomayor.
June 29, 2009 The Supreme Court has ruled that white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were unfairly denied promotions because of their race, reversing a decision that high court nominee Sonia Sotomayor endorsed as an appeals court judge.
June 22, 2009 Alabama Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions is one of the few federal bench nominees ever rejected by the Senate Judiciary Committee. Sessions was turned down because of claims that he had made racially insensitive comments in the past. In July, Sessions will have a chance to pass judgment on Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court. But J. Gerald Hebert, who is among those who made claims against Sessions, wonders if Sessions can evaluate Sotomayor fairly.
June 17, 2009 Growing up in a largely Hispanic neighborhood in the Bronx, Sonia Sotomayor has said, she never saw herself as a minority. But the culture shock of being one of the first Latinas to attend Princeton helped forge her commitment to community service and social justice.
June 10, 2009 With Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court all but certain, Republicans have a new strategy for mounting a credible opposition: Avoid personal attacks and focus on her fairness in her confirmation hearings — and hope to win over independent voters in the process.
June 9, 2009 As an assistant district attorney in Manhattan in the early '80s, Sonia Sotomayor said she had trouble prosecuting cases involving petty crimes that she saw as motivated by poverty. She had no such qualms with felony cases and played a key role in convicting New York's infamous "Tarzan burglar."