Tuesday, June 9, 2009
"The Senate Judiciary Committee has set a date for the start of nomination hearings on Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be associate justice of the Supreme Court: July 13." So reports the Washington Post here.
Other outlets are reporting the same date based on Senator Patrick Leahy's statement.
There has been much activity surrounding the nomination and many news, opinion, and analysis pieces in web, print, and other media sources. Good collections can be found at Library of Congress, Sotomayor for Justice, Justice for Justice Sotomayor, and Center on Latino & Latina Rights and Equality (CLORE) at CUNY Law School.
We've previously uploaded and discussed responses to Senate Questionnaire, which will be a basis for the Senate Hearings, here.
update: The ACLU Report summarizing "the civil liberties and civil rights record" of Sotomayor is available here. On page 4 (of 88 pages), the ACLU Report states:
precedents, they are often difficult to characterize as either liberal or conservative. It is worth
noting, however, that Judge Sotomayor has not written about many of the hot button topics that
often dominate public discussions about the Supreme Court. Despite a lengthy judicial tenure,
her opinions have not directly addressed a wide range of issues that frequently appear on the
Supreme Court’s docket, including abortion, gay rights, presidential power, and the death