In a USA Today op-ed piece, Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) has announced that he will oppose confirmation of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
I don’t believe that Judge Sotomayor has the deep-rooted convictions necessary to resist the siren call of judicial activism. She has evoked its mantra too often. As someone who cares deeply about our great heritage of law, I must withhold my consent.
While saying that the hearings were “praised for their substance and respectful tone,” he highlighted the following cases:
•Her 2006 private property decision permitted the government to take property from one developer and give it to another.
•Her 2008 Ricci decision allowed a city to discriminate against one group of firefighters because of their race. That ruling was recently reversed by the Supreme Court.
•Her 2009 Second Amendment decision would give states the power to ban firearms.
These rulings have three things in common. Each was contrary to the Constitution. Each was decided in a brief opinion, short on analysis. And each was consistent with liberal political thought.
He acknowledges that, despite his opposition, Judge Sotomayor will “likely be confirmed.”