August 7, 2009 |
The historic confirmation Thursday of Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the nation's newest justice will bring new perspectives to the Supreme Court, and not just because she will be its first Latino. After three days of debate, the Senate voted 68 to 31 in her favor, with nine Republicans crossing party lines to support her. During the debate and confirmation hearings, her experience as a Latina seemed to overshadow discussions about her qualifications.
November 8, 2003
Re "Bush's Court-Nominee 'Diversity' Is a Cynical Ploy," Commentary, Nov. 2: Robert Harris states that Miguel Estrada was "hostile to the positions of most Latino organizations" but fails to note that most Latino political organizations are far to the left of most Latinos. On issues like homosexual marriage and abortion, for example, the organizations in question are much closer to the "politically correct" positions than most Latinos. Harris won't admit it, but Estrada was a victim of his willingness to stand for values held dear by the Latino community, and because he would not sell out, as most Latino organizations have done, they joined in attacking him. Larry A. Carstens Castaic The apple does not fall far from the tree.
September 7, 2003
Lawyer Miguel Estrada was a well-qualified candidate to serve our judiciary system (Sept. 5). The U.S. Senate, however, for over two years refused to vote on his nomination. Our senators, whom we send to Washington to represent us and vote on our behalf, have consistently refused to vote on this nomination. I can respect a senator whom I disagree with, and who votes in ways I do not support. However, I cannot respect a senator who refuses to vote and refuses other senators the opportunity to vote.
September 5, 2003 |
Miguel A. Estrada, a Honduran-born lawyer selected by President Bush to be a judge on a powerful U.S. appellate court, on Thursday gave up his two-year quest to win Senate confirmation in the face of unshakable Democratic opposition to a nomination laden with partisan, ethnic and constitutional overtones. Bush reluctantly withdrew the nomination to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit after Estrada told him he wanted to move on with his legal career and family life.
May 6, 2003 |
Senate Republicans lost a fifth attempt Monday to break a Democratic filibuster of judicial nominee Miguel A. Estrada shortly after the Senate approved its fifth U.S. Appeals Court nominee this year. Estrada, nominated for a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, has been waiting for three months for a confirmation vote. But Republicans fell eight votes short of the 60 votes they needed to confirm him. The vote was 52 to 39.
March 19, 2003 |
Republicans on Tuesday failed for a third time to break a Senate filibuster on federal judicial nominee Miguel Estrada but said they would continue to require Democrats to vote to keep the Latino lawyer off the federal bench. Senate Republicans, with a 55-45 vote Tuesday, failed again to get the 60 votes they needed to move to a final confirmation vote on Estrada, who was nominated by President Bush to a seat on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia.