By Patsy Brumfield
Reactions to President Obama’s nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court:
- Just as the Constitution provides the president the power to nominate a candidate to the Supreme Court, it also gives the Senate an essential role in providing “advice and consent.” It is important that Judge Sotomayor be treated fairly and that her confirmation process be thorough. I look forward to examining her record, experience and judicial temperament and philosophy as this process moves forward. – U.S. Sen. Roger Wicker of Tupelo.
- Being a justice of the United States Supreme Court carries with it great responsibility. Because of that responsibility, new justices frequently cast votes that are different from what was expected prior to their appointment. I hope the Senate will act quickly and either affirm or reject without making this just another way of attempting to divide the public. – Rodger Wilder of Gulfport, president of the Mississippi Bar Association.
- While I have not practiced before Judge Sotomayor, I am somewhat familiar with her history as a judge. I find it fascinating that she was first nominated for the federal bench by a Republican, President George H.W. Bush, then elevated to the appeals court by a Democrat, Bill Clinton. Now, of course, her nomination to the Supreme Court comes from a Democrat. I think that history of bipartisan support, combined with the Democratic majority in the Senate, makes her confirmation seem secure. Nevertheless, her Senate hearings are likely to be rigorous. – Rachel Pierce of Tupelo, incoming secretary of the state Bar’s Young Lawyers Division.
- Judge Sotomayor is a qualified nominee, regardless of sex or ethnicity, who should receive bipartisan support. President Obama selected an individual who has more experience on the bench than most, if not all, of our current justices when they were nominated to the Supreme Court. – Willie C. Allen, Tupelo attorney.
- What I find gratifying is that she has actually practiced law. She served as an assistant district attorney in New York, followed by being involved in a private law practice for several years. … She would bring to the SCOTUS experience from both sides of the bench, which I consider a plus. – Nina Stubblefield Tollison of Oxford, incoming president-elect of the Mississippi Bar.