President Obama has made history in his choice for a new Supreme Court Justice. The President had been expected to nominate a liberal judge, probably a woman, and possibly the Court’s first Justice of Hispanic descent. In the end all three qualifications came together.
“After completing this exhaustive task,” the President said, “I have decided to nominate an inspiring woman who I believe will make a great Justice, Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the great state of New York!” Sotomayor has been an Appeals Court judge in New York since 1998, having started out as an assistant district attorney in 1979. She is seen as a reliable liberal, and despite having Republican critics, is expected to be confirmed by Congress. The vacancy came about following the retirement of Justice David Souter. The court, which is America’s highest legal authority, currently has a five-member conservative majority and four liberal justices.