By Shani Saxon-Parrish | 06/17/2009 - 10:30
Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg, the only women on the nine-member court, is eager to welcome Judge Sonia Sotomayor into her ranks. She told a group of judges and lawyers gathered at a semi-private conference in Upstate New York this weekend that she “cheered” when Sotomayor was nominated.
By Mariela Rosario | 06/05/2009 - 09:30
An editorial cartoon that ran this week in The Oklahoman newspaper is generating controversy over what some Latino and women's groups are calling a racist and damaging depiction of Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In the drawing, Sotomayor is strung up like a piñata while a line of elephants (representing Republicans) wait to take a swing. President Obama is standing nearby asking, "Now who wants to be first?"
By Mariela Rosario | 06/04/2009 - 12:25
Michelle Obama used a public speaking engagement at a high school graduation as an opportunity to support Judge Sonia Sotomayor, her hubby's pick to replace Justice David Souter—who recently announced that he'd be stepping down from his position on the Supreme Court.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/26/2009 - 10:00
President Barack Obama has chosen Puerto Rican Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his pick for the Supreme Court seat being vacated by Justice David Souter. The President is making his announcement this morning, but finalized his decision over the weekend while at Camp David and alerted White House officials.
Sotomayor will be the first Hispanic, and only the third woman, to become a U.S. Supreme Court justice if she is successfully confirmed.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/13/2009 - 14:15
The appointment of Sonia Sotomayor to a Supreme Court seat seems to have hit some speed bumps in recent days. Although President Obama has a historic opportunity to appoint the first Hispanic judge in the court's history, it is unclear whether or not he will embrace it.
By Mariela Rosario | 05/06/2009 - 11:00
The two women largely considered to be front-runners in the race to replace Justice Souter on the Supreme Court, Solicitor General Elena Kagan and federal appellate judge Sonia Sotomayor, are coming under harsh criticism—not because of their career decisions or stances on important issues, but because of their weight.
By Angie Romero | 02/23/2009 - 17:00
Hernández v. Texas isn’t the most well known civil rights case, but it was the first time a Mexican American, in this case Pedro Hernández of Edna, Texas who was accused of murder, appeared before the U.S. Supreme Court seeking a fair trial. Led by well-known attorney Gus García, a team of lawyers argued that Mexican Americans were “a class apart” and did not neatly fit into a legal structure that recognized only black and white Americans.
By Mariela Rosario | 10/17/2008 - 12:57
In 1973, Augusto Pinochet overthrew the government in Chile through a USA backed a military coup. Shortly thereafter, he formed a military committee nicknamed Caravan of Death. For years, these men, led by Gen Sergio Arellano Stark, traveled across the country eliminating anyone they saw as a threat to Pinochet's rule, mostly left-leaning activists or vocal opponents of the new dictatorship.
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