Friday, June 5, 2009

Sotomayor Details Finances, Key Cases

Nine days after her nomination, the Second Circuit Court of Appeals judge sent the Senate Judiciary Committee a 172-page response to a committee questionnaire, along with a 129-page appendix, detailing her education and employment history, her legal work and judicial opinions, her financial worth and the Supreme Court selection process.

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.

Speeches, Rulings

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."

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