Controversy: Sotomayor has drawn controversy though with the conservative base. She is infamous with them after her ruling about the New Haven firefighters test. The Gaggle reports:
The New Haven firefighter case is one of the most controversial rulings in
Sotomayor's record, and one that will no doubt be a prime source of
from conservatives. The case, Ricci vs. DeStefano, was brought by
and a group of his firefighting colleagues (all non-black
including one Hispanic
man). The men were denied promotion after an
examination to determine their
eligibility to move up yielded no successful
black candidates. As a result, the
New Haven authority decided to discard
the exam results and grant no promotions.
Ricci and his colleagues argued
they'd been discriminated against, but their
case was dismissed. Sotomayor
was part of a three judge panel on the 2nd Circuit
Court of Appeals who
upheld the dismissal. The case is currently pending before
Court. It raised considerable ire, sparking affirmative action
About: Sotomayor was born June 25, 1954 in New York City. Sotomayor grew up in a working family. Her mom and dad had moved from Puerto Rico looking for a better life. When her dad passed away, her mom took on two jobs to pay for Sotomayor and her education. She eventually when to Princeton and Yale Law school.
Experience: Nominated by President Clinton in 1997 as U.S. Court of Appeals judge for the 2nd Circuit, 1998-present; U.S. District Court judge for the Southern District of New York, 1992-98; private practice, New York City, 1984-92; assistant district attorney, Manhattan, 1979-84.