Sotomayor’s Record On Race Speaks For Itself

By Justin Gardner | Related entries in Race, Supreme Court

The last paragraph in SCOTUSblog’s evaluation of her decisions on race says it all…

In sum, in an eleven-year career on the Second Circuit, Judge Sotomayor has participated in roughly 100 panel decisions involving questions of race and has disagreed with her colleagues in those cases (a fair measure of whether she is an outlier) a total of 4 times. Only one case (Gant) in that entire eleven years actually involved the question whether race discrimination may have occurred. (In another case (Pappas) she dissented to favor a white bigot.) She particulated in two other panels rejecting district court rulings agreeing with race-based jury-selection claims. Given that record, it seems absurd to say that Judge Sotomayor allows race to infect her decision making.

Does any reasonable person think she’s a racist? And I’m genuinely surprised that Gingrich actually went there because it plants him firmly on the unreasonable fringe.

Moving on…


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