Sweeping New Study of U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor's Record
Sotomayor, U.S. President Obama's nominee for a vacant Supreme Court seat, faced her first day of confirmation hearings in the American Senate today.
The Brennan Center study concludes that Sotomayor, far from being a "judicial activist", is squarely within the mainstream of the Second Circuit:
"Using measures for testing judicial activism and deference developed by academics in recent years, the Center analyzed Judge Sotomayor's decisionmaking and compared her record to that of her colleagues on the Second Circuit. We looked at various measures of the relative deference or "activism" of a judge's action in a particular case:Earlier Library Boy posts about the Sotomayor nomination:
"We also looked at whether Judge Sotomayor's decisionmaking and that of her colleagues varied according to the substantive area at issue in a particular case, specifically cases involving civil rights, criminal law, due process, or the First Amendment (...) "
- Whether the judge's vote was in accord with his or her colleagues on the bench;
- How often the judge upheld the action of another branch of government, such as a statute or other governmental action;
- How often the judge deferred to the lower court or agency decision under review."
"Based on this exhaustive review, the conclusion is unmistakable: in constitutional cases, Judge Sotomayor is solidly in the mainstream of the Second Circuit. After we analyzed every constitutional case in the Second Circuit over the past decade, what was striking was the degree of unanimity and consensus on a court roughly evenly split between Democratic appointees and Republican appointees."
- Resources on Obama's First US Supreme Court Pick (May 31, 2009)
- Compilation of News and Analysis on Sotomayor US Supreme Court Nomination (July 5, 2009)
- U.S. National Archives Release Material on Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor (July 12, 2009)