Tuesday, 26 May 2009

Supreme Court Pick to Be Announced Today: Expected to be Sonia Sotomayor

Today at 10:15 AM Eastern Time, President Obama will make a live address from the White House in which he is expected to announce his appointment to the US Supreme Court.

Both the New York Times and CBS News are reporting that the nominee will be Sonia Sotomayor, appeals court judge on the 2nd Circuit Court of Appeals. Born in the Bronx to Puerto Rican parents under very humble circumstances, Sotomayor certainly appears to meet Obama's expectation for a Justice who can empathise with the struggles of ordinary citizens. She would be the first Hispanic ever to be appointed to the Court, and only the third woman (the second on the current Court, joining Ruth Bader Ginsburg).

Confirmed to the Appeals court by President Clinton in 1997, she has also in her career gained support from major Republicans as well - her first Federal court appointment was made by President George H. W. Bush in 1991.

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