In a letter sent to all 100 Members of the United States Senate, the Center for Individual Freedom (“CFIF”) this week joined with 156 state and national organizations and activists, representing millions of Americans, to express opposition to the confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s nominee to be the next associate justice on the U.S. Supreme Court.
The letter reads, “Given that an appointment to the Supreme Court is for life, the statements by the President and his advisors, and Judge Sotomayor’s pre-confirmation statements that conflicted with her confirmation testimony, we believe her judicial philosophy is indeed one that should disqualify her from appointment to the Supreme Court.”
The letter goes further in noting that, “Judge Sotomayor’s rulings, whether dealing with the 1st Amendment, 2nd Amendment, private property rights, criminal law, use of foreign law, race, equal protection and other areas of law, demonstrate that if she is consistently ‘empathetic’ at all, it is in favor of government power, even beyond constitutional constraints.”
A vote is scheduled on Judge Sotomayor’s confirmation in the Senate Judiciary Committee for Tuesday, July 28, 2009. If approved by the Committee, as expected, the confirmation will move to a debate and floor vote by the full Senate.
With that in mind, the letter urges “the Senate to reject Judge Sotomayor[’s]” confirmation for a lifetime seat on the High Court.
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