Firefighter says appeals court ruling deprived him of his rights

Firefighter denounces Sotomayor ruling

WASHINGTON — A Connecticut firefighter who lost an appeals court ruling by Sonia Sotomayor has told a Senate panel considering her Supreme Court nomination that in his line of work, advancement has to be determined by skill and qualifications.

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Connecticut firefighter Ricci ready for moment to tell his side in reverse-discrimination case

Firefighter next key witness in Sotomayor hearing

WASHINGTON — The man at the center of one of Sonia Sotomayor’s most-disputed court rulings is the next high-profile witness as the New Yorker’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings near an end.

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The Case of the Friendly Fans: Sotomayor and Franken fondly recall TV lawyer Perry Mason

Sotomayor, Franken both ‘Perry Mason’ fans

WASHINGTON — Turns out that Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor and Sen. Al Franken were Perry Mason fans as kids.

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Sotomayor tells Senate panel judges must not seek to ‘please the home crowd’

Sotomayor: Judges shouldn’t worry about popularity

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor says judges in the United States do not, and must not, base their rulings on what they think would be popular.

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Sotomayor refuses to take back ‘wise Latina’ comment, concedes they were bad idea

Sonia-SotomayorSotomayor refuses to renounce ‘wise Latina’ words

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Sotomayor cites high court abortion precedents, calls it ’settled law’

Sotomayor calls abortion rights ’settled law’

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court aspirant Sonia Sotomayor said Tuesday that she considers the question of abortion rights is settled precedent and says there is a constitutional right to privacy.

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Sotomayor clarifies ‘wise Latina’ comment, says she was trying to inspire Hispanics

Sotomayor clarifies ‘wise Latina’ comment

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor says she doesn’t believe that “any racial or ethnic group has an advantage in sound judgment.”

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Sotomayor tells Judiciary Committee her rulings were driven by the law, not personal belief

Sotomayor says the law, not beliefs, drove rulings

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the law, not her personal and professional experiences, has driven her rulings as a judge.

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Senate’s top Republican says blocking Sotomayor’s confirmation with a filibuster is an option

McConnell says blocking Sotomayor is an option

WASHINGTON — Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell says it’s too early to talk about supporting or opposing Sonia Sotomayor. But he says blocking her nomination to the Supreme Court with a filibuster is an option.

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Obama tries to deflect heat from Sotomayor, saying she would have restated words in 2001 speech

Obama tries to deflect criticism from Sotomayor

WASHINGTON — President Barack Obama on Friday personally sought to deflect criticism about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, who finds herself under intensifying scrutiny for saying in 2001 that a female Hispanic judge would often reach a better decision than a white male judge. “I’m sure she would have restated it,” Obama flatly told NBC News, without indicating how he knew that.

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