Wednesday, May 27, 2009
President Obama Nominates New Supreme Court Justice
President Obama just nominated a new candidate for the United States Supreme Court. This nominee will replace the outgoing/retiring Justice Souter. If confirmed by Congress, United States Federal Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor would be the third female justice and the first Hispanic justice in the history of the United States Supreme Court. After graduating summa cum laude from Princeton, she went to Yale Law School. Judge Sotomayor, a former prosecutor who also practiced law for a New York firm, has served for more than a decade on the Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, based in New York City. Bill Clinton nominated Sotomayor for the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit in 1997. George H. W. Bush nominated Sotomayor as a federal judge in 1991 -- a position that made Sotomayor the youngest judge in the Southern District of New York and the first Hispanic federal judge in the state.