Life experience is important for judge

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By the time you read this, Judge Sonia Sotomayor will have spent hours answering questions for the senators on the Judiciary Committee.

The Republicans will have made a big deal out of her statement that boils down to a judge's life experiences will affect his or her interpretation of the law that is relevant to the case under consideration. To deny that life experiences affect our outlook is simply contrary to obvious fact. If they did not, there would be no need to seek balance on the courts. Imagine the reaction of liberals and conservatives if the entire court were minority women in their 30s.

The only cases that reach the Supreme Court are those which are complex, often those in which conflicting case law and precedent seem to apply. Of course, people with different experiences often will emphasize different aspects of the law. In effect, the conservatives are going to say that the only life experiences that count are those that produce an outlook exactly like theirs.

When the conservative commentators and editorial writers get incensed by Sotomayor's record, just remember that the great conservative hero, Justice Antonin Scalia, has said ("God's Justice and Ours," First Things, the Journal of Religion and Public Life, May 2002) that he believes in papal infallibility, which means that church law takes precedence over American law, including the Constitution. Makes you wonder where their support of the Constitution as the final authority was during his confirmation hearing.

Andy C. Reese

Augusta

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jsherrill
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jsherrill 07/15/09 - 02:46 am
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The duties of the judiciary

The duties of the judiciary is to uphold the "rule of law" tempered with mercy. It is not the rule of Judges to make the law or to amend the laws, but to enforce the laws with the evidence given before it.

Tigger_The_Tiger
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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/15/09 - 04:54 am
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"Life experience" as it is

"Life experience" as it is being pushed can do noting but hamper a judges ability to do his or her job. Justice is supposed to be blind. Justice should have NO regard to the person's situation. It's called equal protection.

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carcraft 07/15/09 - 05:04 am
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Sotomayor didn't make just

Sotomayor didn't make just one statement she made the statement many many times, the effect of which is that a poor latina would make a better decision than a white man. Her 3 or 4 rulings that have been overturned demonstrate that Sotomoyer is out of the main stream. Her ruling in the firefighters case proves she has little understanding of the blind rule of law. She is another Obama clunker on a road to a position she has no capacity to fill!

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willistontownsc 07/15/09 - 06:05 am
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Sotomayor's three or four

Sotomayor's three or four rulings are better than the draconian rulings from a judicially activist conservative majority over the past three years. Her confirmation will not change a thing on the court. There will still be five judicially activist conservative jurists in black robes on the courts.

ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts
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ColdBeerBoiledPeanuts 07/15/09 - 06:11 am
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Willi, are you and justus

Willi, are you and justus related?

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 07/15/09 - 06:25 am
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no, justus4 and I are not

no, justus4 and I are not related.

overburdened_taxpayer
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overburdened_taxpayer 07/15/09 - 06:30 am
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Then you and justus must be

Then you and justus must be soulmates.

willistontownsc
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willistontownsc 07/15/09 - 06:38 am
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Again, no. We are not

Again, no. We are not soulmates, either.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/15/09 - 06:52 am
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OVERBURDENED, they're just
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OVERBURDENED, they're just have the same wit, or half of it. I wonder what WILLISTON and JUSTUS would be saying if Judge Roberts had ever been recorded in the past saying, "I would hope that my experience as a white man would perhaps give more insight than that of an African-American." Can you imagine the screams of racism that they would be throwing? LEFT WING HYPOCRITES!

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patriciathomas 07/15/09 - 08:01 am
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All of this discussion is

All of this discussion is pretty much moot. Sotomayor has stated her opinion of "rule of law" many times. She replaces a justice who had the identical opinion of "rule of law". All senate Dems and all senate RINOs have already declared their support for the nomination. There'll be no change in the balance of the Supreme Court. This entire show has been for entertainment purposes only.

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justthefacts 07/15/09 - 08:27 am
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PT, right as usual (hey, is

PT, right as usual (hey, is that a double entendre?). If you have a few go back and look at some of the questions dems asked during Judge Alito's hearings. Our brillint VP Biden tried to ask a question that was timed at almost 3 minutes, but eventually he forgot his point and basically gave up. You really should googled it.

justus4
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justus4 07/15/09 - 09:30 am
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Here's the Truth: White men
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Here's the Truth: White men have a history of imprisioning, killing, raping, enslaving particular groups of citizens i.e., Korean-Americans in the 1905s, and African-Americans from the 1500s to 1950s, all based on govermental laws surrounding race. In view of those facts, of course a white person CAN'T use the judge's words because they've conducted such acts in the past. They have a record of such violence. Now Latinas, African-Americans, Native Americans, Asian-Americans don't have a history of such behavior of violence, so their words are merely examples of not repeating what whites have done. But because non-minorities still cling to the past and desire to control everything, the all-white media will continue to focus on her truthful words. Again, Anglos have a horrible history of racial oppression & atrocities, while Latinas do not. The burden is on the Anglos to demonstrate a CHANGE.

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sconservative 07/15/09 - 10:16 am
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The Constitution was debated

The Constitution was debated by America's best and brightest. They were men of character and intellect - who didn't go to government schools. They put together a ruling document that has stood the test of time. Obama has already ignored it whenever he chooses to (think Czars, firing IGs). He is not the first - FDR, JFK, Johnson, Nixon, Bush, etc. The hearings are important because the Supreme Court can set aside centuries of progress with a single ruling. Nine people in a day or week can overturn the work of 55 dedicated patriots who debated for months. These not only wrote the document, but they wrote - in letters and papers - why they chose the words that they did.

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sunflower61 07/15/09 - 10:31 am
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Justus...just reminder that

Justus...just reminder that imprisioning, killing, raping, enslaving particular groups of citizens has been around since the beginning of time. Your argument doesn't hold water.

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dhd1108 07/15/09 - 11:07 am
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Obama has chosen to add a

Obama has chosen to add a "life experience" candidate for scrutiny by congress and the people. She falls short in many of her explanations of the statements concerning her Latina ways. The use of Scalia's comment were taken out of context.

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jsherrill 07/15/09 - 11:41 am
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If you want to look at

If you want to look at history of the slave trade, it was african slave traders that first captured other africans to be sold to the slave traders. These people, then enslaved were sold to the English, the Spanish as well as the Portugese to be sold as slaves in the New World. Slavery still exists in parts of the world. Thankfully it has been outlawed in the US as well as most civilized countries.

jsherrill
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jsherrill 07/15/09 - 11:41 am
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If you want to look at

If you want to look at history of the slave trade, it was african slave traders that first captured other africans to be sold to the slave traders. These people, then enslaved were sold to the English, the Spanish as well as the Portugese to be sold as slaves in the New World. Slavery still exists in parts of the world. Thankfully it has been outlawed in the US as well as most civilized countries.

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southernguy08 07/15/09 - 11:54 am
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According to the mindset of
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According to the mindset of JUSTUS, since white men have been guilty of racism in the past, Sotomayer's racism is acceptable. In other words, according to him, 2 wrongs do make a right. Thanks for clearing that up, JUSTUS. Am I wrong? It must be that "non-minority media" influencing me.

southernguy08
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southernguy08 07/15/09 - 11:57 am
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JUSTUS, Anglos have already
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JUSTUS, Anglos have already demonstrated a CHANGE. It's was called the presidential election of 2008, when they voted to elect an African-American as president. Maybe you heard of it?

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mad_max 07/15/09 - 12:11 pm
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I disagree with Sotomayor's

I disagree with Sotomayor's nomination strictly on her rulings that have been OVERTURNED by the Supreme Court and her still to be edjudicated ruling on gun ownership in NY. After the Supreme Court had affirmed the right of citizens to bear arms, she threw her next ruling in the face of the Supreme Court by agreeing the states could take that right away. It was never intended that states could take away or limit rights specifically adressed in the Constitution. Ms. Sotomayor also seems to think, in the case of the firefighters, that discrimination only applies to minorities and is quite okay, in her book, if it happens to white people. In fact, if it happens to white people it does not even require a second look. These are not "debateable" issues such as abortion and when life begins. These are hard, cold, incontrovertable issues which are either spelled out in the Constitution or, in the case of the firefighters, so obvious that any idiot could have made the call that it was reverse discrimination. Her "error rate" on Constitutional issues is too high and she is a dangerous, racists, sexist judge who should not be confirmed. But the marxists, socialists, communists are in charge.

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LaTwon 07/15/09 - 12:38 pm
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rastus how big of a check

rastus how big of a check do you think u r entitled to? enquiring anglos need to know. what tribe are you descendent
of so i can research what your current condition would be in your homeland? pigmy?

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justright 07/15/09 - 01:20 pm
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I normally just comment on

I normally just comment on the topic, not the specific person making a comment, but justus4 must have never taken a history class, watched any history documentaries, or even overheard ANY intelligent conversations concerning asian, african or any other civilizations history! What a stupid statement he made! Like most of his. Justus4, you're should be embarrassed. What a joke. Crack a book for God's sake!

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LaTwon 07/15/09 - 01:47 pm
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rastus........... ask a few

rastus........... ask a few aztecs how they like the spanish.
oh yea forgot...... all dead

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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/15/09 - 04:02 pm
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Willistontownsc....How about

Willistontownsc....How about you give us some examples of those draconian decisions from the supreme court. I'm sure you had specifics in mind when you made that comment.....you would never just make a baseless comment based on hatred, with nothing to back it up.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/15/09 - 04:06 pm
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Justus claims that

Justus claims that non-minorities "cling to the past" yet you would think he was living on a cotton plantation this very day!

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southernguy08 07/15/09 - 04:24 pm
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TIGGER, you aren't
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TIGGER, you aren't serious...asking JOVAN, I mean WILLISTON to actually prove what he posts? Shame on you to ask such a racist thing!

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Lumbarsupport 07/15/09 - 06:53 pm
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I think that it is a good

I think that it is a good thing when a Supreme Court justice has an open and avowed opinion that they are superior to another race. Unless they are white, then I am firmly against it, and would advocate any means needed to defeat that judge. It is high time that we get more poeple in places of authority that will admit that they are better than white people and are willing to change what is wrong with this country. Imagine how succesful Ms. Sottameyer would have been had she not been subject to so much mistreatment. Imagine the educatiion that she could have got to replace her Ivy league degrees. I wonder what she could have accomplished in life had she not been appointed to a life time job as a federal judge? It is high time for change, maybe President Obama can make her the leader of General Motors, or any other of the large companies that he now runs for we little people.

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Tigger_The_Tiger 07/15/09 - 07:34 pm
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Wow....I sure hope I'm

Wow....I sure hope I'm detecting sarcasm!

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