Sotomayor: Opposes Capital Punishment?
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.