A justice's memoir

  • Article by: RUTH MARCUS , Washington Post
  • Updated: January 19, 2013 - 11:09 AM

It is unguarded and self-reflective in a way that few such memoirs achieve or allow, and that is astonishing from such a figure in midcareer, no less a sitting justice.

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Jakein08Jan. 19, 1311:20 AM

What an inspiration, a true leader!

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pumiceJan. 19, 1312:05 PM

From the memoir: "There are hazards to openness, but they seem minor compared with the possibility that readers may find comfort, perhaps even inspiration, from a close examination of how an ordinary person, with strengths and weaknesses like anyone else, has managed an extraordinary journey." How inspiring! What a testament to the power of resilience, determination, optimism and perseverance!

There's no better description of the purpose of affirmative action than Sotomayor's: "to create the conditions whereby students from disadvantaged backgrounds could be brought to the starting line of a race many were unaware was even being run."

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mn2niceJan. 19, 13 1:22 PM

This is the woman President Obama had the vision to see would make an excellent Supreme Court Justice. May all our Supreme Court Justices some day be the kind of individual which is so well represented by Justice Sotomayor. I wish her a long and inspiring career on our nation's highest court.

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minn12Jan. 19, 13 1:40 PM

Really? Just another radical liberal foisted on the Supreme Court. Her 'wise latina' comment, where she claimed she would make smarter decisions than white men because of her background was simply racist. If a white person had said something like that, they would have been disqualified for the Supreme Court. Her recent dissenting opinion against the 2nd Amendment shows she doesn't have a clue about the Constitution.

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marpieJan. 19, 13 2:17 PM

Funny that minn12 has that opinion about the Court. I think there are too many radical right wingers foisted on the Supreme Court, and that a few of them don't have a clue about the Constitution.

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guessagainJan. 19, 13 2:41 PM

minn12: "Her recent dissenting opinion against the 2nd Amendment shows she doesn't have a clue about the Constitution." How would you know? I'm guessing that you've never taken constitutional law class. I have and Sotomayor has a better understanding of Constitutional law than Thomas, Scalia and Alito put together.

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pumiceJan. 19, 13 3:34 PM

Re: "... Sotomayor has a better understanding of Constitutional law than Thomas, Scalia and Alito put together." Ouch! That's harsh, guessagain. The Chief Justice, after all, delivered the deciding vote on ObamaCare. And Scalia has written of Amendment II, "Like most rights, the Second Amendment right is not unlimited. It is not a right to keep and carry any weapon whatsoever in any manner whatsoever and for whatever purpose: For example, concealed weapons prohibitions have been upheld under the Amendment or state analogues. The Court’s opinion should not be taken to cast doubt on longstanding prohibitions on the possession of firearms by felons and the mentally ill, or laws forbidding the carrying of firearms in sensitive places such as schools and government buildings, or laws imposing conditions and qualifications on the commercial sale of arms. Miller’s holding that the sorts of weapons protected are those 'in common use at the time' finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons."

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mn2niceJan. 19, 13 4:14 PM

I happen to agree with guessagain. And Scalia, well, what can I say about him. Putting it delicately, he would Jail the pope for not being the flaming misogynist he is with regard to a woman's right to choose. And that's just for starters.

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davehougJan. 19, 13 4:44 PM

finds support in the historical tradition of prohibiting the carrying of dangerous and unusual weapons. - - - so no belt-fed machine gun, bazooka or missle.....rats... I thought just because it had a trigger I could buy & carry anything anwhere anytime :)

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pumiceJan. 19, 13 5:24 PM

Re: "And Scalia, well, what can I say about him. Putting it delicately, he would Jail the pope for not being the flaming misogynist he is with regard to a woman's right to choose." Doesn't take away from his understanding of Constitutional law, mn2nice. On the issue of women's rights, Scalia would fit right in with many of the white, male, property-owning Founders--they were the original Originalists, you know. Both Scalia and Alito (and Thomas, too, from the limited evidence that's available) read the Constitution with the jaundiced eye of a corporatist.

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