Republican Senator Richard Lugar of Indiana today announced his intention to vote for Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation, saying that President Obama's nominee was "clearly qualified to serve" on the Supreme Court. He added that during her week of testimony before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the judge had clearly "demonstrated a judicial temperament." Senator Lugar is not alone. The New York Times reports that "at least one and perhaps as many as three" Judiciary Committee Republicans may vote in favor of Sotomayor's confirmation.
Sonia Sotomayor this week made her debut before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and quickly earned accolades for her intelligence, temperament, and personality. Her confirmation is being widely described as a near certainty.
In a recent 5-4 decision in Cuomo vs. Clearing House Association, the Supreme Court ruled that states can investigate banks for violating the Fair Lending Act and other consumer protection measures. Interestingly, it was Justice Scalia, who improbably provided the fifth vote, that moved the Court towards increased consumer protectionism.
In a recent 5-4 decision, the Supreme Court appears to have struck a blow against workplace equality through Ricci v. DeStefano. The Court found that the City of New Haven was wrong in its decision to throw out the results of a discriminatory test that saw the exclusive promotion of white firefighters to senior positions. The disappointing decision imposes a new standard on employers that makes it significantly more difficult to remedy policies that have a disparate impact on minority workers.
For the inaugural episode of the National Campaign to Restore Civil Rights interview series, we spoke with Alex Reinert, an Assistant Professor of Law at the Cardozo School of Law, who argued the recent case Ashcroft v. Iqbal before the Supreme Court. The Court's 5-4 decision has several troubling civil rights implications, and made it significantly tougher for citizens to hold government officials responsible for misconduct. Listen in as Professor Reinert explains the full impact of the Court's decision: