Saturday, October 10, 2009

The Questions Justice Sotomayor Asks

When she sat on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was known for her pointed questioning of lawyers appearing before the Court. The issue even arose at her Senate confirmation hearing, when there were suggestions by some who did not vote for her that her questioning of attorneys bordered on the rude.

How she conducted herself during the first week of the new Term of the United States Supreme Court has now become the subject of press scrutiny. Newspaper articles indicate that although she is the junior Justice on the Court, she has not been shy about asking lawyers questions during oral argument. The American Bar Association's summary of the press coverage can be found here, and a New York Times article can be found here.

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