The real debate now begins over the Supreme Court nominee announced by President Obama. The record and judicial philosophy of Judge Sonia Sotomayor will be examined closely, as it should, even before confirmation hearings begin this summer in the U.S. Senate.
The ACLJ continues to research her opinions and public statements. We've prepared an initial report on Judge Sotomayor. You can read it here.
The fact is that her nomination will generate a lot of debate - specifically on the topic of judicial activism. It will involve a close look at her record, her judicial temperament, and her philosophy about the Constitution and the rule of law.
While no schedule has been set yet regarding confirmation hearings, we're hopeful that members of the Senate Judiciary Committee will ask the tough questions required.
One topic that will likely come up - her comments recorded on videotape. She stated that the 'court of appeals is where policy is made.' It's a statement that already has the attention of many - including Sen. Jeff Sessions, the ranking Republican on the Judiciary Committee. While Senator Sessions said lawmakers must give Judge Sotomayor a fair opportunity to explain the remark, he said that "on its face, it's troubling." We agree.
A Supreme Court session, or “term,” opens each year around the first of July and closes around the end of the following June. That is why many major Supreme Court opinions are issued near the end of June. Expect fireworks in late June. The current Supreme Court term involves many important cases.
The controversial issue of affirmative action is once again before the U.S. Supreme Court, with oral arguments set this week in a case that has generated a lot of attention. The case involves a challenge by a student who was denied admission to the University of Texas, claiming the denial was based...
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June 15, 1987. I was in Chicago conducting a training program - examining the legal issues - on literature distribution for Jews for Jesus. Just months earlier, I had delivered oral arguments before the Supreme Court of the United States on behalf of Jews for Jesus - arguing that literature...