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Dave Piepkorn, Published July 05 2009

More questions for Sotomayor

On Monday, June 30, the U.S. Supreme Court dealt a blow to the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor, when they overturned a decision endorsed by her. As a result of her decision in the Ricci case, several hard-working firefighters in New Haven, Conn., were denied promotions because of their race.

Most concerning was the case of firefighter Frank Ricci, who, because he was dyslexic, paid a friend to record the textbook so he could study it. Ricci also quit a part-time job to study for the exam. Though he passed the exam, because not enough African-Americans passed, he was not promoted.

A Supreme Court reversal is not a small thing, and in my estimation, this highlights some serious concerns about Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, including whether she believes in following the law, as opposed to pushing politically correct political agenda.

As our senators question Sotomayor during the upcoming confirmation hearings, I urge them to ask serious questions that may help us understand Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy – and why she made this decision, which was subsequently overturned.


Piepkorn is a Fargo city commissioner and a member of the North Dakota Judicial Confirmation Network.