So how are people in Latin America reacting to the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic member of the U.S. Supreme Court?
In the first of a series of articles from Latin America on the subject, this editorial from Mexico’s La Jornada emphasizes the way she is likely to begin to balance out the right-of-center appointments of George W. Bush.
This editorial from La Jornada says in part:
“In the first place, it should be noted that the nomination of a judge of Puerto Rican descent carries a remarkable message about the sensitivity of the U.S. president to the changes to that nation’s society in recent decades.”
“At the same time, with the nomination of Sotomayor – whose record is highlighted by decisions against racial discrimination and in favor of promoting the welfare of the most vulnerable sectors of society – Obama is answering the appointments by ex-President George W. Bush of Justices Samuel Alito and John Roberts, whose nominations were regarded by many analysts as concessions to the most conservative sectors of the political class … It cannot be ignored, by the way, that if approved, the judge from New York will arrive at the paramount judicial body of a system of law that has been undermined, both politically and morally, as a result of the litany of abuses and judicial aberrations offered and legalized in the context of the disastrous era of George W. Bush’s White House tenure.”
Translated By Barbara Howe
May 28, 2009
Mexico – La Jornada – Original Article (Spanish)
The president of the United States, Barack Obama, has nominated New York Judge Sonia Sotomayor as a candidate for a place on the U.S. Supreme Court to replace Justice David Souter, who has held the post since 1990. So – if she is confirmed by the Senate – which in principal doesn’t seem too complicated given the mostly Democratic Congress – Sotomayor could become the first judge of Latino origin to assume a seat on the highest judicial body in our neighbor country.
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