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Sotomayor ‘Omitted’ 1981 Racist Memo

From a letter that the Judicial Confirmation Network wrote to the Senate Judiciary Committee:

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor meets with Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pa., right, in his hideaway office on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2009.

Sotomayor Questionnaire Omits Memo on Death Penalty and Racism

United States Senate
Washington, D.C. 20510

June 5, 2009

… The questionnaire submitted yesterday fails to disclose and produce at least one very significant document required under the terms of Question 12(b), which requires Judge Sotomayor to "[s]upply four (4) copies of any reports, memoranda, or policy statements you prepared or contributed to the preparation of on behalf of any bar association, committee, conference, or organization of which you were or are a member or in which you have participated."

Judge Sotomayor discloses elsewhere in the memo that from 1980 to 1992 she was a member of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense & Education Fund (PRLDEF), serving in a number of high-ranking positions for the organization. Despite more than a decade of work for the organization, however, she has failed to disclose the sort of documents requested by the questionnaire documents that would give the Senate and the American public a better picture of who Judge Sotomayor is and how she has used her career to advance certain agendas.

Sotomayor lists on her Senate questionnaire a PRLDEF letter to then-Governor Hugh Carey, "opposing reinstatement of the death penalty," dated April 10, 1981. But she fails to list, and does not supply a copy of, a significant policy "Memorandum" that she signed on behalf of the PRLDEF "Task Force on the Bill to Restore the Death Penalty in New York State," dated March 24, 1981.

All three members of the task force, including Sotomayor, signed the Memorandum, urging the Board of PRLDEF to "take a public position in opposition to the restoration of the Death Penalty in New York State."

The memo signed by Sotomayor makes a number of controversial, unsupported, and badly reasoned assertions about the death penalty, including:

"Capital punishment is associated with evident racism in our society."

"In the review of the current literature of the past two years, no publications have been found that challenge the evidence and the rationale presented in opposition to the death penalty."

"The problem of crime and violence in American society is so complex, it is unreasonable to think that capital punishment will result in preventing it or diminishing it."

"Our present perspective on the meaning of our values in the Judeo-Christian tradition, and the state of humanistic thinking in the world judge capital punishment as a violation of those values."

"It is counter-productive; we inflict death on the offender to manifest our opposition to his inflicting death on another."

Moreover, Judge Sotomayor was a member of the PRLDEF for 12 years, according to the questionnaire. It is hard to believe that this is the only policy memo she signed, and the Senate questionnaire calls for even more, including reports, memoranda, and policy statements even where she did not sign or contribute to them.

Respectfully yours,

Wendy E. Long
Counsel, Judicial Confirmation Network

Perhaps Mr. Specter will ask her about this. Surely this is wrong, even under Scottish Law.

In any case, Ms. Sotomayor’s own words prove that she is not only a racist, but that her racist views have and will color her decisions as a judge.

This article was posted by Steve on Sunday, June 7th, 2009. Comments are currently closed.

9 Responses to “Sotomayor ‘Omitted’ 1981 Racist Memo”

  1. Liberals Demise says:

    Ms. Sotorican is not a racist per say ……. she just hates everyone that is non Latina(o) or of color …….. so to speak.
    How very unwhite of you, Sonia!!

  2. proreason says:

    Current Ms. Sotomayer is fast approaching the point where she is going to have to throw Past Ms. Sotomayer under the bus.

  3. TwilightZoned says:

    Could the terms of question 12(b) be the monkey wrench in the wheel of Supreme Court fortune for Sotomayor?

  4. VMAN says:

    We need her on the court to balance out the decades, no centuries, no thousands, no millions, no billions of years of white supremacy. We know that every minority that commits a murder is forced to by the evil white man. OK the sad part is that there are people who actually believe that type of reasoning.

    • JohnMG says:

      Since most of the crime these non-whites perpetrate are done against their own race(s), how is it that people like So-so-meyer claim white racism is the cause. Are they all so pissed at the white man that they take it out on their own? If so, are these peoples inheirently unstable? And if so, do we want one of them on the court?

      Questions, questions, questions.

  5. MinnesotaRush says:

    These congressional bufoons don’t read anything anymore (bills, opinions, etc) so why bother with these questionaires!

    Sotahater has all the qualities o-blah-blah cherishes and desires .. she’s on the fast track into the court.

    Frankly, with all that’s been discovered, she should be impeached from any court position; but we all know that ain’t gonna happen!

    • tranquil.night says:

      It’s a numbing experience to know that if this weren’t the twilight zone and there was a Republican at the helm right now who had made such an irresponsible nomination, then the judge would’ve been tarred, disbarred, calls for executive impeachment made and our entire party discredited further as racial bigots.

      That being said, we can’t give up on getting the truth about this woman out there and hope that the American people just aren’t so disillusioned to not come back from this. Bam better get her confirmed quick though, we’re tired of her already and SCOTUS has a shot to block the Chrysler deal tomorrow.

  6. catie says:

    Wow, this is shocking.

  7. neocon mom says:

    I think you can find at least one of those arguments (“Why do we kill people who kill people to show that killing people is wrong?”) on a bumper sticker. Impressive.

    Before I poke too much fun of her for “sloganizing”, I can sum up my own support of the death penalty in one word, one word that I hope I don’t ever hear in front of “:Sotomayor” and that word is “justice”.

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