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The American bar association gives Sotomayor its top rating, does that mean anything?

WASHINGTON (Reuters) – The American Bar Association on Tuesday gave U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor its top rating, boosting her anticipated confirmation as the first Hispanic justice on the highest U.S. court.

The ABA said its Standing Committee on the Federal Judiciary unanimously based its "well qualified" evaluation on a review of Sotomayor's professional integrity, competence and judicial temperament without considering her personal ideology.

Does it make you think differently about her judicial decisions? her?

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sweet-a-kins

Asked by sweet-a-kins at 11:28 AM on Jul. 7, 2009 in Politics & Current Events

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  • Makes no difference to me. Sotomayor herself said she has made rulings using her personal experiences and ideals. The ABA is sucking up.

    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:32 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Makes no difference to me. Sotomayor herself said she has made rulings using her personal experiences and ideals.


    So did justice Roberts

    sweet-a-kins

    Answer by sweet-a-kins at 11:35 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • People just want to complain about everything, and act like this woman is some super-progressive, law mangling, commie. If they would just listen to someone besides Rush they would know that she is a very respected, moderate and fair judge. She will be a good supreme court judge. And it will be nice to have another woman.
    stacymomof2

    Answer by stacymomof2 at 11:43 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • No it makes no difference to me. I think she is an idiot. Her judgement on those firemen was completely ridiculous. She is an embarassment in my opinion and I feel sorry for the Hispanic community that they have to represented by her. They should have gotten someone much better to represent them.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 11:49 AM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • I trust attorneys about as much as I trust politicians.  So no, it doesn't make a difference to me.

    QuinnMae

    Answer by QuinnMae at 12:00 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Makes no difference. A group of lawyers who feel that lawyers and judges should make law, not just interpret it, are supporting her. Woo Hoo. I agree with QuinnMae - they are out to line their own pockets and increase their own power, just like politicians.
    kaycee14

    Answer by kaycee14 at 12:12 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • If they would just listen to someone besides Rush they would know that she is a very respected, moderate and fair judge.

    As someone who does not listen to Rush, but does read her actual decisions, not what some blogger or talking head tells me about how great they are, she's mostly harmless, but only because she'll be replacing someone just as biased as she is. She has an agenda and an axe to grind, and doesn't even have the sense to hide it. That quote of her talking about legislating from the bench - it shouldn't be a punchline, it should be an immediate red flag. She's like a janitor who washes the floor with toilet water - doing her job, but thumbing her nose at it the entire time. If she wants to be a politician, she should have the balls to run for office, not hide behind the bench and sneer at the laws she doesn't like.
    NotPanicking

    Answer by NotPanicking at 1:07 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Perfect answer NP!!! Kudos again
    mamakirs

    Answer by mamakirs at 1:15 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Nope. Still don't like her.
    Anonymous

    Answer by Anonymous at 1:40 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

  • Okay.
    If her judicial decisions are more often REVERSED than upheld (which means the higher court says she made the WRONG judgment) then where can a top rating be coming from ?

    Call me crazy, but isn't a job evaluation based on results? If people must routinely come along behind you and re-do your work, that is NOT a feather in your cap !

    Obviously, the Bar Association stands to gain politically from judges who ignore the Constitution, OR they're pandering to liberal activists who will scream "Racist !" if they are unfavorable. Then again, they might just be trying to stay on the White House's good side.
    waldorfmom

    Answer by waldorfmom at 1:53 PM on Jul. 7, 2009

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