Asked to name the 10 most significant cases over which she presided, Judge Sotomayor chose high-profile sports issues and tough-on-crime decisions. The first case she chose was her 1995 preliminary injunction that ended the Major League Baseball strike. No. 2 was her rejection of a lower-court ruling allowing Ohio State University running back Maurice Clarett to buck the National Football League's age restriction and enter the draft early.
She also highlighted her views on freedom of speech. In one case, she struck down a gag order on the press covering the prosecution of Frank Quattrone of Credit Suisse First Boston, saying the quest for an orderly trial did not outweigh the First Amendment. In another, she ruled against a paroled child sex offender who said he should be allowed to possess pornographic material.
Read the entire speech "Where Policy Is Made" During a panel discussion at Duke Law School in 2005, Sotomayor responded to a question about clerkships by noting that "court of appeals is where policy is made."
- See a video excerpt of the remark
- Watch the entire discussion (relevant portion begins at 40 minutes)
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