June 29th, 2009
06:40 PM ET

Sotomayor reversal not a first

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Lucas A. Powe Jr.
Special to CNN

Monday, in the much anticipated New Haven, Connecticut, firefighters' case, the Supreme Court reversed an opinion joined by Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama's Supreme Court nominee.

The reversal was expected and is not the first time an appointee has been reversed by the court he was about to join.

Indeed, two of Chief Justice Warren Burger's opinions for the D.C. Circuit Court of Appeals were reversed in 1969, the year he joined the court. One was Watts v. United States, in which the defendant had been convicted for threatening the life of the president.

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  1. Joanne Pacicca, Solvay, NY

    Perhaps the racial issue is valid; however, I thought "justice is blind"

    June 30, 2009 at 9:14 am |
  2. Brenda Weisz

    There are persons that would like to believe that there shouldn't be any reasons for any additional considerations for employment such as quotas, even though they still see the acute disparity between Blacks and their White counterparts in unemployment, income, almost all health concerns, proverty, etc. Also in many cases, Blacks are locked out of jobs because of our credit, which is a silent form of discrimmination. Here in California, we have English as a second language in our public schools, giving our Latin brothers an additional consideration, while creating another reason not to hire Blacks. Even state jobs are increasingly spanish speaking only, as well as the private sector; another shut -out for Blacks. Plagued by inner-city woes of proverty, fatherless latch-key ungoverned, unparented children,since according to statistics, we are more often unable to afford childcare, another generation will be needing a leg up. So we are forever falling behind, failing in front. We are not given preference in a lop-sided society. I don't know what the answer is. Quotas, though not ideal, at least leveled off those drowning in the deep end.

    June 30, 2009 at 6:02 am |
  3. Courtney Peratrovich

    'Now how did Dorothy do that with her heels?'

    June 29, 2009 at 8:14 pm |
  4. Courtney Peratrovich

    President Obama contempates the sales strategy of The Best Pop President with sales of Chia Obama...

    June 29, 2009 at 8:12 pm |
  5. C.D.One

    Mr. A/C when is CNN gonna do a special about beiing
    ,a native american in america, or poor middle class whites ,etc. ?

    June 29, 2009 at 6:58 pm |
  6. Annie Kate

    These judges are fallible human beings – it is unrealistic to think they wouldn't be reversed on some of their decisions. The reversal is pretty much "business as usual" for any judge and not just Sotomayer.

    June 29, 2009 at 6:57 pm |