The White House will hold a press conference this morning with Joe Biden announcing law enforcement support for SCOTUS nominee Sonia Sotomayor. Advocacy groups have always thrown their weight around during the confirmation process, but convening official White House events to make such announcements is a bit unusual. A friend jokes: Is Sotomayor running for Supreme Court nominee or District Attorney?
Wendy Long of the Judicial Confirmation Network has more questions for the White House:
* Are you concerned that would have granted the claims of convicted felons in prison that their right to vote had been violated on account of their race or color, just because they couldn’t vote since they were in prison? (Hayden v. Pataki case)
* Are you concerned that The Supreme Court reversed Judge Sotomayor’s decision creating a federal claim so that prisoners can sue private prison contractors for alleged violations of their constitutional rights? (Malesko Bivens case)
* Are you concerned that she would have hampered law enforcement with her view that the state creates an “express racial classification” when the police look for a black male suspect when a 70 year-old woman who has been attacked describes her assailant as a young black male?
* Are you concerned that she signed a memo saying there is not a single rationale that would support capital punishment, and only evidence against it?
* Are you concerned that she does a disservice to public servants in the ranks of the fire and police departments when she engages in activism, both on and off the bench, to press for racial preferences and quotas to deny jobs and promotions to qualified white police officers and fire fighters?
William Jacobson looks at David Brooks’s excuse-making for Sotomayor:
In today’s New York Times, columnist David Brooks has a novel theory of why Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor’s Latina identity has worked its way into Sotomayor’s speeches, if not her judicial decisions: Blame it on the 1970’s.
No, seriously. According to Brooks, Sotomayor had bad luck in being born in 1954, because that meant that she went to college and law school in the 1970’s…