May 27th, 2009
09:29 PM ET

Homework for Sotomayor?

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Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Wednesday released the bipartisan questionnaire the Senate Judiciary Committee has asked Judge Sonia Sotomayor to complete in connection with her nomination to be an Associate Justice of the Supreme Court of the United States.

Once the questionnaire is completed and returned to the Committee, copies will be made available online and in print.

Take a look at the questionnaire here.

Filed under: 360° Radar • Sonia Sotomayor • Supreme Court
soundoff (12 Responses)
  1. ronvan

    What a waste of time! Other than personal financial info. I would think that the rest of this information could be obtained through public records.

    May 28, 2009 at 9:37 am |
  2. Terry, TX

    Here's the oath the justices take ..
    "I, [NAME], do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will administer justice without respect to persons, and do equal right to the poor and to the rich, and that I will faithfully and impartially discharge and perform all the duties incumbent upon me as [TITLE] under the Constitution and laws of the United States. So help me God."

    My question is can she uphold the oath...and has she made statements to the contrary. If so....she's disqualified. As an American woman of Mexican descent....her being a woman and Puerto Rican is of No consequence.

    May 28, 2009 at 8:09 am |
  3. Ryan Maroney

    I find it incredibly interesting that twice tonight (both on Larry King Live and in the report on Sotomayor) that the opposing parties referenced sports in their response to why they are against -gay marriage/Sotomayor. I hate to stereotype, but , for real?.

    May 28, 2009 at 2:50 am |
  4. Andres

    Has the Senate Judicary committee ever asked another person nominated to The Supreme Court to fill out one of these, so called questionares, and why, so they can try and humiliate them like every other high ranking hispanic ever to hold a high position in public service They will probably find some thing in her past, something litttle humiliate her make her withdrawl her nomination and keep the average person down thanks Republicans we all know you guys are greedy dont want to share a thing.

    May 28, 2009 at 1:50 am |
  5. Phil

    AC, why does CNN continually refer to the Sotomayor Berkley comment out of context, making it appear as though she was saying that a Latina woman is a better judge than a white man, when CLEARLY that was not her statement at all. Why not include the entire paragraph so that viewers may decide for themselves whether it was a racist comment? Is it because the out of context truncated quote is more selacious? Wouldn't it be better to leave that sort of thing to geniuses like Rush?

    May 28, 2009 at 1:31 am |
  6. polysci ali i

    the first lady that spoke in Re: to Sotomayor had a blue tounge, can you really take someone seriously about politics with a blue tounge on cnn?

    but on a more serious note, she should explain her comments, but I do think it was taken out of context..All women should make better decisions because they have dealed with more, taken care of more, take more cr** from people, etc..etc.. i can go on.

    May 28, 2009 at 1:14 am |
  7. RDM

    To all the CNN producers and on air personalities please I stress play the quote of Ms. Sotomayor from beginning to end. So that the one disputed quote will be understood fully and not skewed to be racist. Its like taking a bible verse out context to justify a view point. The verse before and after the quoted verse should be read a complete understanding.
    thank you

    May 27, 2009 at 11:45 pm |
  8. Sharon Carroll

    I'm sitting here listening to the commentary about the statement that Sonia Sotomayor made being a racist statement and comparing it to if a "white" man had been appointed and said that same statement. First of all I don't believe in "reverse racism". White men have been controlling everything forever! So of course if a white man said the same thing it would be viewed as racist. First of all a white man has no life experience of being a person of color. Second, most people of color who make it to a position such as this, has had a much different experience getting there than the average white man. Third, her statement is not racist, but instead the truth! If a poor man diggs his way out of poverty, that man will be better equipped to understand, relate and help another poor man accomplish the same thing. In my opinion, this is exactly what Ms. Sotomayor was saying. When will these group of white men realize that they are not GODS and should stop taking offense and making ridculous comments when people of color become confident, strong and in control.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:25 pm |
  9. John Ortiz

    It's ironic that the most racist political party is calling a women who grew up in the Bronx a racist. Comments made by Judge Sotomayor which, by the way, are not unlike comments made by the republicans when they claim "we've been there so we understand" or "we have the experience because I was a governor" are taking similar words from Judge Sotomayor and suggesting she's a racist. Let's face it, the republican party is in trouble and if Limbaugh and Gingrich are the messengers for the republicans, I look forward to the next 40 or more years of Democratic domination. The republican base is a statistical error rate when compared to those of us who are not a part of their base. Their disgusting rhetoric is what convinced me to leave the republican party.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:19 pm |
  10. James, NJ

    I am amazed more each day at the childlike antics of our supposed "leaders" in regard to every issue they are presented with time and again which they have faced numerous times in their overstayed positions. As with the appointment of Judge Sotomayor, the right couldn't wait to get the "R" word out and use it to further their partisan road to oblivion.
    Do they really think she would take to her position as supreme court judge anything but her experience in ruling a case ? That's like asking her if she intended to show up to work in jeans and a tie-dyed tee-shirt. People of her intelligence just seem to know what is expected of them.
    I just wish we could get that from our representatives.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  11. Don

    Re Sotomayor's comment, she said that she "hoped" that a Latina woman ... which meant only that the additional world experience/perspective would inform a Latina woman's decision and thus might make it better than a decision of a white male judge. This is based on the fact that the white male perspective is in fact (for better and for worse) the baseline of so much in our society.

    May 27, 2009 at 10:18 pm |
  12. Annie Kate

    Pretty complete questionnaire- 10 pages long. I don't think that there could be any skeletons in a closet after responding to that questionnaire. Our potential new Supreme court judge has a lot of work to do to get ready for the confirmation hearings – I wonder if in the process of answering these questions and the oral questions asked in the hearings if the potential jurist has much time for self reflection.

    May 27, 2009 at 9:48 pm |

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