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Chief Justice John Roberts was born in Buffalo. Ruth Bader Ginsburg grew up in Brooklyn. Antonin Scalia and Samuel Alito are from Trenton, New Jersey. The appointment of Sonia Sotomayor, a native of the Bronx, would mean five of the nine Supreme Court Justices are from NY/NJ. Reason #3,983 to thank my parents for never living in the South...
A native New Yorker may be the first Hispanic to serve on the Supreme Court. Today, President Obama named 54-year-old Sonia Sotomayor as his nominee to the nation's highest court.
Sotomayor was born in the Bronx, lived in public housing and attended Cardinal Spellman High School. She graduated from Princeton University and Yale Law School. The Puerto Rican-American has been a judge since 1992, and currently serves on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit.
What is your reaction to Judge Sotomayor's nomination? Does her journey from the Bronx to Supreme Court-nominee inspire you?
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My reaction to Judge Sotomayor's nomination is history in the making thanks to Pres Barack Obama's pick. I am Hispanic from Honduras and live in the projects of the Bronx like Sonia Sotomayor, and this really inspires me like a Hispanic and a physical challenge individual. For the simple fact that, no disability, race, nationality, or where you live, can't stop you in achieving all your dreams. The only person that could stop those dreams for you, is nobody but yourself and the peers negativity around you that tell you that you can't do this or that.
Webster Ave, Bronx, NY
I love it. This selection only proves further how brilliant President Obama is. This country is turning around for the better with him at the helm.
Gloria M. - NYC
Her journey from the Bronx to Supreme Court-nominee inspires me and is again one 'Change We Can Believe.' The selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor solidifies President Obama's very firm grip on the Hispanic constituency moving forward.
Bravissimo Barack- excellent choice plus the fact the other side of the aisle is having apoplexy about her; mabye theyll aspirate their own vomit, if we're lucky. I mean this is the end of western civilization, as we know it- a liberal/ the dreaded L word. What if she decides cases fairly and not facistically, what will society do? GOP pleasant dreams. Barack yu the man/literally and figuratively.
While not being the most qualified or electrifying, the Republicans, unless they wish to self destruct, will never challenge this nomination because it would jeopardize their connection to Hispanic Americans.
As a consolation for Republicans, based on projected retirements, no matter who Obama nominates, it will only replace a liberal with another liberal, but it will solidify that seat for a generation or more.
Sonia Sotomayor, makes me proud to be from the Bronx. She inspires me to try my best. It excites me that i can literally walk to her high school from my house. It's ironic that we also have the same name. She is my new found hero!!!! I want to be a lawyer when im older and if i work hard i can make it, her success makes me believe that even more.
What a great Milestone! Finally a Puerto Rican voice can be echoed in the halls of the White House and Judicial offices!
WEPAH MI GENTE!
I very much support Judge Sonya Sotomayor as an excellent choice as Supreme Court Justice. I also have a question: Did she attend Jr.HS/IS 52 on Kelly Street in the South Bronx? I was a science/math/guidance teacher there from 1960-1968. Her name sounds familiar. It also happens to be the same JHS that Colin Powell attended in the late fities.
[EDITOR'S NOTE: A quick internet search doesn't answer this question. We'll know soon enough.]
As impressive as Judge Sotomayors' credentials are, she is too liberal to be on the policy setting US Supreme Court, whose policy decisions can affect many Americans, as she is clearly a product of liberal elitist academic institutions.
Her decisions, indicate that she does not believe that the federal government has limited powers in economic areas.
Lower East Side
The appointee for a vacancy on the U.S.Supreme Court should be based upon legal qualifications not gender nor ethnicity. Having said that, is she the best possible candidate available? Is she the best female candidate? Too many unanswered questions.
I wish Judge Sotomayor well, but as a blogger wrote earlier today on the NYTimes website, Justice Benjamin N. Cardozo, the son of
Portuguese immigrants, was the first Hispanic justice to serve on
the United States Supreme Court. He succeeded Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. Justice Cardozo served from 1932 until his death in 1938.
It seems our President has given this great consideration. We have in Judge Sotomayer a person who struggled from some humble beginnings and understands the plight of the common men and women and their need for equal justice.
Glen Oaks Village
I can imagine hearing parents telling their kids “See this can also be you if you try.” As a Newyorican woman like her, for those who don’t know what’s a Newyorican, it means being Puerto Rican but not born in Puerto Rico but born and raised in New York makes me proud to be Newyorican, which I have always been.
Sotomayor’s humble upbringing, her goals paid off for her and deservingly so. Obama also did the same. These are individuals who are setting a positive example of faith and hope for our future generations regardless of race and color but more importantly, not any more shall we see the faces we would see in history text books when I was growing up.
Now we can see minorities in high places and it will inspire every child of any background equally. This is very touching to say the least and these people will do right by us because of it. We now see changes of how far these people reach in the government territory and there is more to come. Hail to Obama and Sotomayor!
I wasn't thrilled with George Bush's appointee as chief judge so this lady from Obama is soothing.
I went to High School with her...didn't know her well! Good choice!