Sonia Sotomayor earned the highest praise possible from the American Bar Association, who yesterday announced that the appellate judge is ''well qualified'' to serve on the Supreme Court even as Republican politicos were attempting to rally against her.
At this point even Sen. Lindsey Graham, R, SC admitted, "The only way she can get derailed is if she performs poorly next
week." Graham, a member of the Senate Judiciary Committee also said although he was still undecided, "I honestly think I could vote for her."
The Fraternal Order of Police and other law-enforcement organizations also gave a ringing endorsement to the 54-year-old Boricua judge, citing the fact that Sotomayor voted to affirm 92 percent of the criminal cases presented before her court. Chuck Canterbury, the president of the Fraternal Order of Police, declared, "It is clear that she weighs the facts in evidence and makes her rulings based on the merits of the case. She is a model jurist: tough, fair-minded and mindful of the constitutional protections afforded to all U.S. citizens."
But certain politicians are still on the warpath. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the highest ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, told his colleagues that he feels as though too many judges base decisions on personal feelings. In reference to President Obama's statement that empathy was an important quality in a Supreme Court justice, Sessions said, "Whatever the new empathy standard is, it is not law. It is more akin to politics than law. Whenever a judge puts his or her thumb on the scale of justice in favor of one party or another, the judge necessarily disfavors the other party."