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July 02, 2009

Sotomayor Borked Bork

Whoa. The hits keep on coming with Judge Sotomayor. We've already seen how her extrajudicial activities--speeches, papers, clubs--cast doubt on her ability to treat men and whites with the necessary impartiality to be a judge. There was also the sneaky way she disposed of the Ricci case. Ethics went out the door when her membership in a women-only group was discovered (something forbiden by the Code of Judicial Conduct).

And now it turns out that she advised a Puerto Rican advocacy group in the 1980s which opposed Judge Bork's nomination to the Supreme Court by labeling him a "threat" to the "civil rights of the Latino American community." And it doesn't stop there.

The revelation is included in 350 pages of documents the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund delivered to the senators late Tuesday evening.

Judge Sotomayor worked for PRLDEF in various capacities from 1980 until she became a federal judge in 1992, spending most of her time as a board member.

The documents, which the group's lawyers have said include relevant information about Judge Sotomayor's time there, also show the fund did legal work for the Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now, known as ACORN. During the 2008 presidential election, ACORN came under fire after allegations of voter registration fraud.

Hmmm. If only the Republicans in Congress hadn't started on the wrong foot with her, there'd be some real momentum to have her nomination withdrawn. Instead, John Cornyn bravely led the Republicans on Senate Judiciary into hiding under his desk and then hired squish-professor Orin Kerr to contrive a reason why.


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