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Sotomayor: Opposes Capital Punishment?

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The NYT rakes though Sotomayor's 12 year tenure on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense Fund and turns up this interesting tidbit:

Ms. Sotomayor was part of a three-person committee of the board that recommended in 1981 that the fund oppose the reinstitution of the death penalty in New York State, according to board minutes from that time.

“Capital punishment is associated with evident racism in our society,” the panel wrote. “It creates inhuman psychological burdens for the offender and his/her family.”

Between this, and her remark from the bench about torture quoted in that Times article yesterday about her, ahem, "sharp tongue and "temperament":

“So the minute the executive raises the specter of foreign policy, national security,” Judge Sotomayor asked the lawyer, Jonathan F. Cohn, “it is the government’s position that that is a license to torture anyone?”

....I'm beginning to wonder whether we're going to see a very very ugly Senate hearing...and not just from the Repugs side.

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Submitted by dblhelix on

was a different time.

Recall that Alito held a membership in some sort of "no women or people of color" group at Princeton, something he boasted of in Reagan-era admin applications but quickly "forgot" by the mid-2000s.

Frankly, I'd be suspicious of her if she *didn't* reflexively oppose all govt policies during that era on the basis of discriminatory impact.

Today, state govts are still wrestling with findings of racial disparities in the administration of justice. In my state (MD), a report found that MD prosecutors are more likely to seek the death penalty for blacks charged with killing white victims (based on 80s-90s, IIRC).

They can grill her all they want -- it's not like there isn't a ton of material post-1981 for her to draw on as needed.

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Submitted by Sarah on

"sharp tongue" and "temperament" comments were lobbed at Hillary starting back in about 1992, IIRC.

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Submitted by Dykester on

"Sharp tongue" and "temperment" are words we use to describe women who are saying things they shouldn't. If a man said those things, he would be "bold" and "forceful." But women, alas, can only be shrill.

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Submitted by koshembos on

Every serious candidate has a long trail of statements and written documents (opinions). Alito and Roberts were known right wing poison spewing candidates who clearly put Sotomayor records to shame. Nevertheless, they were voted in by the Nelsons, Liebermans and Leahy.

If the Democrats are willing to fight for her as forcefully as called for, she will be nominated.

Submitted by lambert on

although you notice that our famously free press is studiously avoiding the two key issues:

1. Aggrandizement of executive power

2. Transparency and accountabilty for the banksters.

One the first, her record is unknown. On the second, IIRC she's been friendly to the insurance companies. Something to watch.

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Submitted by Sarah on

[David McCallum voice]

Good God, man, it's a prerequisite for consideration!!

/voice

I mean, seriously. OBAMA would choose a judge not friendly to such financial powers as insurance companies? You gotta be kidding.

Sigh. What I'd give not to be living through Bush's 3rd term.

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Submitted by Damon on

I'm liking her more and more as these things come out about her views.