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July 17th, 2009
06:37 PM ET

Sonia Sotomayor: Are You Convinced?

She faced questions and critical comments before the Senate Judiciary Committee all week. Most members seemed convinced Sonia Sotomayor will make a good Supreme Court Justice. But what do you think?
Post your comments here and we may use them on CNN Newsroom Saturday, and join us for a special hour looking at the hearings for Judge Sotomayor and what her nomination would mean for the Supreme Court at 4pm Eastern.

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  1. nan pearl

    She will make an excellent judge. Certainly not a racist!!!!

    July 18, 2009 at 9:40 am |
  2. michael armstrong sr.

    I dont trust any one who has to be quized on mistakes they made and with there answers being a bunch of side stepping to avoid the question the lady is a true politicion covering up her tracks .

    July 18, 2009 at 9:45 am |
  3. RJ

    Convinced.....hardly! While she may be qualified to be a judge doesnt necessarly mean shes qualified for the highest court. Clearly she said what she said and now she tells a different story. I wander if a white women up for nomination had clearly said that blacks and hispanics couldnt get advancements based on no whites passing the test. I agree she has a compelling story but a lot of people in this country have one as well. We must not revert to the past to somehow think this will make things right again. We must pick the most qualified people no matter the race, gender, or religion period! The case for the white firefighters is a rare case in this country and usually, more time than not minorities benefit from quotas. To give an example even in our own volunteer military, the policy is to enlist certain percentages of all ethnic groups. At the time I enlisted I had to wait 2 months because they had filled their quota for white men who were there to volunteer to serve their country but denied because not enough minorities had enlisted. These practices must stop, while being closely monitored as not to ever exclude anyone because of race, gender, or religion! Its time this country stops blaming particular groups of people for the wrongs of the past in which people of today have nothing to do with. While I understand racism exsists, it exsists in all races, not just the majority race!

    July 18, 2009 at 9:50 am |
  4. Larry

    I'm convinced. She'll be a good judge.

    July 18, 2009 at 10:02 am |
  5. Angus Power

    I tested the lunar module and I was riveted to my seat wondering and worrying if I had done my job correctly.

    July 18, 2009 at 10:34 am |
  6. Greg, Ontario

    I'm a big President Obama fan so I was very disappointed by this his choice of this lady. Her achievements speak for themselves but a Supreme Court Justice needs to be clear speaking and easily understood. She talked like a politician. That is, she talked for several minutes and did not say anything. There is no doubt in my mind she is an activist judge and race, gender and religion will come before the constitution in any of her decisions.

    July 18, 2009 at 11:45 am |
  7. Charlie Erickson

    At the hearings, she only did what all politicans do; so what's with all the complaining? They simply got a taste of their own medicine. At least as a Supreme Court Justice, she can't be bribed like the members of Congress can.

    Political stances have absolutely no place in the Supreme Court. If she keeps it out of her decision rendering process, she will do just fine.


    July 18, 2009 at 11:52 am |
  8. S. Weber

    Are you kidding? Sotomayor is an idiot. Did you hear her speak? She is confused with vocabulary nevermind the law. She has an obvious agenda and not an iota of justice. Again, this is a sad state of the
    current "fad" of electing or promoting unqualified, misrepresented and
    "fashionable" choices in leadership.

    July 18, 2009 at 12:25 pm |
  9. Don Strickland

    Sonia Sotomayor is not supreme court material. Her narrow view that her heritage as a Latino woman makes her better able to make decisions is egotistical and racist. In this day and time we are reaching for equality and attempting to unite all Americans rather than enhance the divisions between us. Her decisions will always be suspect and people will always feel they have not gotten a fair deal any time race or gender can be alluded to in her decisions. She is not what America needs.

    July 18, 2009 at 12:29 pm |
  10. Tom from White Haven, PA

    I think she is qualified and her story is compelling. However, what came out of her mouth – she owns. The white male comment was an egregious error, but will be allowed because of her minority status. Isn't that unfortunate?

    July 18, 2009 at 12:35 pm |
  11. N. Roberts

    Sotomayor will be one of the BEST judges this country has ever had! The Republicans continue to fear the "Browning of America" and are doing everything in their power to keep us out of politics. I really wonder if they are aware how foolish they look by some of the insidious and irrelevant comments and questions they asked her all week? The Republicans will continue to dig themselves deeper if they don't start learning how to accept the sheer intelligence of one of the most brilliant judges we've ever seen. Some day they'll either learn to accept the inevitable or get left behind. The Republicans need to simply say "thank you" and move aside!

    July 18, 2009 at 1:01 pm |
  12. Ari

    Did she explain the comment she made at Berkeley when she talked about Judges making law? That statement alone should disqualify her. Judges don't make law. That is against the constitution. She also said the 2nd amendment doesn't apply to individuals. The Republican Senators did a poor job of questioning her.

    July 18, 2009 at 2:43 pm |
  13. jb

    I think she is a radical liberal, and I do not think she was honest in her answers at the hearing. She was trying to say what would get her elected.

    July 18, 2009 at 2:44 pm |
  14. Jack Head

    Sotomayor represents everything about shysters in America.
    She will change her position with time and situation.
    She has no spine, she will be a "legislator" (Article I) in "judicial" (Article III) with racist point of view.

    July 18, 2009 at 2:46 pm |
  15. Sharon,Daniel Island

    I grew up surounded by wise women of african american heritage and black society is a matriarchial one. I guess putting "wise in front of Black or Latina Women",suprises the rest of the world. It's the same thing that happens when you give parenting credit to minority women, it shocks people.

    July 18, 2009 at 3:48 pm |

    As a Southern-born 'White Woman' after listening to Sessions (who himself WAS NOT confirmed to a Judgeship by his own Party), Cornyn, Kyl, Coburn, Graham, I can definitely Say ... ANY WOMAN , WHITE, BLACK, LATINO, ASIAN, WOULD MAKE A WISER DECISION THAN THESE MEN!!!! ...

    July 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  17. Isa

    I think she did great, even though most of the questions were gruelling. I think she will do great due to her educations and all her accomplishments in the Legal System. So Yes I think she would be an excellent choice.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:04 pm |
  18. Nancy Anacker

    This judge will be a wonderful addition to the Supreme Court, and she handled herself admirably during the interviews. In my opinion, someone with her life experience, no matter race or gender, will be able to understand these cases from the point of view of the citizens, which is what we want. Lindsay Graham said we "all want someone like us"–we've had someone like Senator Graham for the history of the Supreme Court. It's time for another point of view

    July 18, 2009 at 4:09 pm |
  19. E Perdue

    The judge talked a good game during the hearings but her historic record speaks louder. Anyone who beleives that her statements about the wise Latino woman were taken out of context has not noticed how many times she has used the same comment. When will America stop making decisions intended to absolve past guilts instead of making truely color blind choices, where the best qualified person wins the selection process?

    July 18, 2009 at 4:12 pm |
  20. Marsha Lee

    Judge Sotomayor performed very well this past week. She kept her cool and proved herself very bright, thoughtful and thorough. I am convinced. I am also very saddened at the racism directed toward her. The right is trying to make "affirmative action" a dirty word. Nice try but thoughtful American people aren't buying it. She seized an opportunity and made it her own. Good job, Judge.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:13 pm |
  21. Charlotte Klein

    What a superlative woman! Sonia Sotomayor will be a standout on
    the Supreme Court. She will be a unique role model, not only for
    Hispanics and women, but for lawyers, as well. I look forward to
    seeing her in action. The word Supreme certainly fits her.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:20 pm |
  22. Michael

    The Republicans are by and large against everything touted by the Democrats and The Obama Administration. They have a larger than life EGO problem. They came on the scene like a cross between Clint Eastwood and John Wayne. Their platform is call GAG; guns, abortion, and gays. They represent only what they are against. They will even oppose progress. Their dismal political record is nothing but one great humongus mess that only a Republican could admire, like a child looking back in the toilet after a movement. They oppose a great justice and judge in Sotomayor because they can not stand another light in the heavens to bear record to their misdeeds.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:23 pm |
  23. MarthaSF

    The woman who was just on talking about how she does not like Sotomayor is absolutely amazing. She says she does not want "an activist judge", but is spouting conservative activism. Talk about activists judges!!!! John Roberts is one of most we've seen in a long time. Depends on which way the activism leans I guess. All our great judges have been "activist". Look back to our firsts! The Congress can't go around making unconstitutional laws with no oversight! The court is there to over-rule if necessary. There are 3 equal branches of our government and if some of the Sotomayor's detractors don't like it....let them move to another country.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:28 pm |
  24. John in Seattle, WA

    Josh Levs says that 95% of the comments here are pro-Sotomayor. Yet only 47% of Americans approve of her nomination. Doesn't that tell you something?

    Censors delete comments by those opposed to Sotomayor. I have been deleted repeatedly, on an entire host of issues that disagree with the liberal point of view. They allow the occasional dissenting comment through. Usually a comment posted by some illiterate, just to further legitimize the deception.

    I will be surprised if anyone sees this one.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:31 pm |
  25. R. Denning Gearhart

    Her "wise Latina" comment a neverending cloud over her decisions involving race issues? Have we forgotten Hugo Black? One of the nine Justices voting on the unanimous decision of Brown v The Board of Education, Black had been a member of the KKK.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:35 pm |
  26. Listens

    I agree with N. Roberts. Let them dig their own ditches. They are a sad pathetic bunch, and so are those who support that kind of behavior.

    People need to read whole speeches and whole sentences, and not take a few words completely out of context. The whole sentence wasn't even read and many haven't even bothered to read what she was referring to or even talking about. She is qualified and will be confirmed.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:36 pm |
  27. D Ram

    It is unfortunate the lack of honesty demonstrated in the protest against the Sotomayor’s comment on differentiating a perspective that is derived from the non majority. This differing perspective is what compliments a country’s understanding of one another. It is not different than the benefit achieved when the US allowed women and minorities to vote. The protests stem from the incorrect notion that many white Americans have that now that women and minorities have a voice, it is not okay to celebrate the wider perspective that we as Americans now enjoy because of it.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:37 pm |
  28. Cris

    I like the way she testified. She was under pressure, but she didn't show it, she gave, calm, thoughtful, rational answers and didn't lose her sense of humor. Although much is being made of her being a Latina, that's not what's important to me. Her ability to cut through the crap and look at each question presented to the Court in a unbiased manner is what is important. I feel that she is a sensible, street-smart woman who has this capability. BTW, I agree with her comment about a "wise Latina woman" called "wise" men rule the world, and look where that has gotten us!

    July 18, 2009 at 4:39 pm |
  29. Howard McGinn

    I am a white male married to an African-American woman. I learned many years ago that there is much wisdom in the hearts and minds of minority women. African-American and Latina women over many, many years have had to learn how to deal with the minds (and behavior) of white males simply to survive. I suspect Senator Graham and other senators who were bothered by Judge Sotomayor's comment subconsciously know this reality. Its hard for a powerful white male to share power with a minority woman or man.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:42 pm |
  30. Cris

    Former Supreme Court justice Byron White used to be a Pittsburgh Steeler....just thought that was relevant because it is important to point out that the Court needs to have people from all walks of life and all sectors of society.

    July 18, 2009 at 4:44 pm |
  31. Martin

    Yes very convinced. Sotomayor is exactly what most people want. That's highly qualified and very capable. For those who discount her, it;'s only because they don't like that they can't compete with her ethnicity or gender. Whereas the good old boy system, nepotism, fraternity, regionaliziation, association, ideology, etc are all okay as we have seen with past judges or even in other aspects of life.

    No one but conservatives have a problem because she is not labeled as such just as liberals would have a problem if she was conservative. If we are truly trying to find the BEST person for the job, why are some traditional labels okay but others are not.?

    July 18, 2009 at 4:53 pm |
  32. CJ

    Depends on one's definition of "good." I think she's far to strict constructionist, and otherwise problematic. She's too conservative to make an outstanding justice. Republicans should have no problem voting for her as she's exactly who G.W. Bush might have nominated. For instance, she was on the bench when–based on a technicality–she sent an innocent man back to prison for six years. The man's lawyer didn't get court papers filed on time, though he was never informed of the deadline for filing. Wasn't his fault. Finally, the man gained release from prison after the Innocence Project took on his case. Sotomayor is not a judge before whom I'd have wanted ever to appear! Just too rigid in her judgment.

    July 18, 2009 at 5:02 pm |
  33. Sarah Matthews-Ingram

    The fact that Sonia Sotomayor has the ability to comunicate with at least 90% of the American people, were both the Congress and the Susprem Court only have about 60% of the American people they can comunicate with, makes her way superior to them.

    July 18, 2009 at 5:06 pm |
  34. Kathy of Salt Lake

    If we are to be honest, stop the selective hearing now. LaRaza and other groups were hounding Obama about his selection to the point that it was reported he had to tell them to slow down, he would make his own decision. As I see it, she was nominated to apease the groups that pressured Obama for weeks before the announcement. I do not believe this is proper for anyone to be nominated in order to fill some off the wall promise made during a presidential campaign. I find the whole incident repelling. As for the judge herself, her affiliations with ethnicentric groups and her decision in New Haven tells me what her true intentions are if she wins this nomination. Judges should be nominated for their ability and desire to uphold the constitution, not for insurance of a minority vote. What a sad day for Justice in America.

    July 18, 2009 at 5:09 pm |
  35. simon

    "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life"
    i think that a wise white , black , latina or asian should be able to reach a better conclusion than a white male . the difference is not between latina or white or between male and female but rather the real difference lies in the wisdom vs lack of wisdom . last i checked the only important thing when making a decision is to exercise wisdom ( usually great wisdom comes with life experience ) .

    July 18, 2009 at 5:10 pm |
  36. Man

    The beauty of the statue, with eyes covered, in front of the Supreme Court building, is that theTHE LAW IS BLIND. No matter how compelling a person's experiences are, the law is the law.

    If a Judge is swayed by emotions and not by the law, there will be anarchy in this country. Rick Sanchez's emotions and loyalty to Hispanics has blinded him

    July 18, 2009 at 5:13 pm |
  37. John Hopkins

    I am appalled at the number of ignorrant, lack of commonsense Senators that are running our country. They have been insulting to Sonia an we need to get them out of representting our country's needs. Leading the pack of wolves were Specter and mush mouthed Graham. I am a white male and prefer Sonia on the court who is more qualified than those sitting there at present. The Republicans are poor loosers and will attack anything a Democrat will suggest.

    I shall put on my uniform standup out of my wheelchair and go to their next re-election rallies whereever they are; I have the time and the funds to do so, am a retired and wounded MIL Officer. Also L. Graham was/is a lousy JAG Officer.

    J.J. Chino Hills, CA

    July 18, 2009 at 5:16 pm |
  38. Pat Kirkpatrick

    I watched almost all of the hearings and I cannot see how anyone with an IQ could possibly think that Sotomayor is anything but a good and qualified pick. I think she answered questions very intelligently. She used her own cases to answer most of them. If you look at her record, she is not a liberal....she is a moderate and she follows the law.
    What I don't understand is why people don't see that the now conservative leaning court has five "activist jurists." All you need to do is look at the Ricci case. Sotomayor's panel followed previous Surpreme Court precedents and precedents of other Appellate courts in that case. This Surpreme Court applied a different test to overturn that decision, which is more to the liking of "right wing" and themselves set a new precedent that differed from other Supreme Court other words, made law. I believe she will continue to be a fair and impartial jurist. Too bad we can't say that about all of them.

    A Wise White Woman from Virginia

    July 18, 2009 at 5:19 pm |
  39. christano X

    Real hispanics are white and are from Spain or Spanish american like me. Latinos are a subcultural mix. They are Mestizo/Mexican- native american/spanish and Cuban, dominican, puertirican/Multatto-black/spanish.
    Irish, germans and english americans are from the agricultural south and Western states. They are deemed stereotypes through Telvesion ex. Blue neck comedy tour, Nacecar, My name is Earl, Bill engval show, and CMTV. derogetory words: hick, hillbilly, redneck, peckerwood,honky,kicker, and white trash.
    Italian and Jewish whites are mostly located on the east coast. stereotyped by television as yankees. Popular Italians joe pesci, robert dinero, Ray liotta, Chazz palmeri, Silvester stallone, Frank Sintra, Dean Martin, Nancy Pelosi and Samuel Alito. Jews – Adam Sandler, Larry king, Rabbi Shmulley, Jerry Springer, Howard stern, Bob Barker,Maury, Paris Hilton, and Barbara Streissand.

    July 18, 2009 at 5:25 pm |
  40. Mark

    I took from her Berkley speech that the courts will be better served as they continue to diversify. Just as is occurring here and occurred on the Senate floor, her Berkley theses is being proven, a group of individuals hearing the same information can take away from it different meanings.
    She said we need to acknowledge that our backgrounds and our experiences can cause us to focus on certain aspects and overlook others and it is the judge's responsibility attempt to set aside those potential influences.
    I found the Berkley speech interesting and thoughtful, but that may be because my background and experiences influenced how I approached it.

    July 18, 2009 at 5:32 pm |
  41. Ari

    I'm sick of people being chosen for positions based on race. Pick the best person for the job regardless of race. I don't care if shes purple. And Republicans are wimps. Look at how Democrats attacked Republican nominees to the Supreme Court. Like Clarence Thomas, Robert Bork, Alito, they basically came at them like rabid dogs. And Republicans look like a bunch of little puppies. Where are the Republicans with guts and backbone. And why would they think Hispanics would be upset with them if they went after Sotomayor. Not all Hispanics are liberals and not all of them want Sotomayor to be a Supreme court justice.

    July 18, 2009 at 6:18 pm |
  42. Parthenia

    Yes, I'm convinced. I believe Judge Sonia Sotomayor should be the replacement for Justice Souter on the Supreme Court because it is fair and she is eminently qualified. That's why we love America; her appointment would give our highest court a measure of diversity we haven't had the opportunity to give it before now.

    It is so idiotic that we live among one-track-minded people. The reason why we have abortion rights in this country is to remove any coercive influence on a woman to have children, especially in the cases of rape, incest or if the pregnancy is threatening the life of the mother. All I can hear is the beginning of life for a baby; what about the love of a baby? Who in this 21st century wants an infant from incest or rape or as one is certainly likely to lose her life? That's why we have the right as women to choose to have an abortion. There is no other reason.

    July 18, 2009 at 6:21 pm |
  43. christano X

    Sonya Sotomayor judged white males and needs to be able to over look her own prejudices and just do her job. As a person in such a high position it isn't write to speak out against any group. She shouldn't be nominated.
    Distinguishing racial fact: Real hispanics are white and from spain or spanish american. Latinos are simply a subculture. Mestizo-native american/spanish and Mulatto-black/spanish.
    There are not many of us Spaniards,jews,and italians due to racist quotas placed on us here in america. irish,germans, and english are the dominate white cultures and settled the south and western states. Do to resentement they are often times deemed with negative ethnic conotations/ rednecks, bumkins,hillbillies,white trash, kicker, and so forth.

    July 18, 2009 at 8:03 pm |
  44. S. Kravetz

    I am confident Ms. Sotomayer will be an outstanding jurist. The Republicans incessant harping about being a "wise Latina woman" was ridiculous. Until Sandra Day O'Connor was named to the court it was staffed with men and until Thurgood Marshall was on the bench all white men. Do the Republican Senators on the judicial committee not think that the life experiences of these men have some impact on the way they view the law. I was especially incensed by the senator who condescendingly asked Ms. Sotomayor whether she had the temperment to be a US Supreme Court judge? From what I have heard of Ms. Sotomayor's life story, she has the "right stuff." I hope the senator's constituents recall his questioning when it comes time for his reelection.

    July 18, 2009 at 9:09 pm |
  45. Ato K. Afedzie

    I think that everybody has a "but" in his/her life.The good judge may not be a perfect human being,but she can be given the chance to exhibit her unique sense of judgement and wisdom to stir up, perhaps, our already refined judicial procedings in the highest court of the land.

    August 4, 2009 at 12:44 pm |

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