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Sotomayor nomination continues to stoke controversy

May 29, 2009 by  

Sotomayor nomination continues to stoke controversy In the days since President Obama has announced Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, a variety of conservative groups have expressed their reservations.

Calling her "a radical pick," Americans United for Life has criticized the judge’s allegedly activist record and expressed concern that her appointment will perpetuate what it calls the Supreme Court’s role as a "national abortion control board."

"This appointment would provide a pedestal for an avowed judicial activist to impose her personal policy and beliefs onto others … at a time when the courts are at a crossroad and critical abortion regulations like partial-birth abortion and informed consent laws lie in the balance," it said.

Meanwhile, Citizens Committee for the Right to Keep and Bear Arms has said the nomination validates the concerns of millions of American citizens who fear their Second Amendment rights are in jeopardy under the current administration.

It has pointed to the fact that Sotomayor was part of a Second Circuit Court panel that ruled in Maloney v. Cuomo in January that the Second Amendment does not apply to the states, which is in conflict with a Ninth Circuit opinion this spring in Nordyke v. King that it is incorporated to the states, and therefore places limits on their ability to regulate the right to bear arms.

Commentators across the board are expecting partisan confirmation hearings for the 54-year-old Sotomayor.
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