Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Judge Sotomayor: no threat to the establishment

In his opening statement at Judge Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearing, Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY) offered a surprising -- and scathing -- indictment of the future Supreme Court justice's record:
She's agreed with Republican colleagues 95 percent of the time. She has ruled for the government in 83 percent of immigration cases, against the immigration plaintiff. She has ruled for the government in 92 percent of criminal cases. She has denied race claims in 83 percent of cases, and has split evenly on employment cases between employer and employee.
Oh wait, that's supposed to be a good thing.

As the inimitable IOZ writes, "the truthteller of the whole circus has been Chuckles Schumer, who reassured us all when he guaranteed that our new justice will reliably side with power, kill orphans, skin puppies, worship at the altar of Molech, etc., etc., gracias, amen."

That a nominee for the state's high court will invariably side with the powerful over the powerless is to be expected -- that's why they've been nominated. It's just refreshing to hear as much so readily admitted by Sotomayor's congressional supporters.

Related: "Judge Sonia Sotomayor Denied My Appeal and I Spent 16 Years in Prison For a Crime I Didn't Commit" (Alternet)

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