Sotomayor: A Case of Highly Selective “Empathy.”
Barack Obama claimed that his Supreme Court nominees would need “empathy” ... which to some means a predisposition to stack the legal deck in favor of some at the expense of others.
In any practical sense, empathy is not a good quality for a judge.
In the words of Senator Jeff Sessions:
"And really empathy is not a judicial act. It's something else. I'm not sure what it is. But it's certainly not law, it's certainly not judicial."
Is Sotomayor a judge governed not by objectivity and fairness, but rather by bias? In her court, does Justice wear blinders, rather than a blindfold?
Sotomayor once made the following statement on “cultural diversity.”
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion [as a judge] than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
In one 30-word statement, Sotomayor succeeded in being both racist and sexist. If a white male judge had made a similarly offensive statement, he would never have been nominated... let alone confirmed.
And yet, Sotomayor also showed little empathy in her judicial actions toward firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut. The City of New Haven refused to promote those who scored highest on a standardized "race-neutral" test because African-American firefighters who took the test did not score high enough.
Disregarding precedent and perhaps moved by the concept of equality of outcome over equality of opportunity; Sotomayor was one of a three-judge 2nd District panel that issued a ridiculously short, ambiguous and non-substantive opinion in favor of the city and against the firefighters who justly deserved promotion.
Another 2nd Court jurist, Clinton appointee Judge Jose Carbanes, dismayed by the perfunctory action, said the opinion had “no reference whatsoever to the constitutional issues at the core of the case.”
If Judge Sotomayor lacks true empathy, respect for those unlike her, and concern for constitutional issues, how can either the Judiciary Committee or the entire Senate do anything but reject her?
(EMPATHY) MEAN'S ,,, FEELING ABILITY TO SHARE IN ANOTHER'S EMOTIONS, THOUGHT'S OR FEELINGS.
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