7/04/2009

Is there a pattern here?

The WSJ has this:

WASHINGTON -- WASHINGTON - A civil rights group advised by Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor in the 1980s brought several discrimination lawsuits that sought to scrap the results of job tests because too few Hispanics scored well, according to new documents that are fueling GOP criticism of the judge.

The Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund represented Hispanic sanitation workers in New York City who wanted to stop white employees from getting promotions because, they argued, the qualifying exam unfairly disadvantaged minorities. The case unfolded as Sotomayor chaired the organization's board of directors' litigation committee, although there is no evidence that she had any role in the group's decision to participate in the lawsuits, or in formulating or drafting any of their legal arguments.

Still, the case bears strong similarities to a much-discussed case Judge Sotomayor ruled on last year as a federal appeals court judge, which involved the reverse discrimination claims of white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., who sued after the city threw out its promotion test because too few minorities qualified. A panel she joined ruled against the white firefighters in the case, Ricci v. DeStefano. The Supreme Court reversed the decision last Monday.

The sanitation workers' case and similar ones -- including a series of lawsuits against the New York City Police Department that ultimately resulted in the department consulting with a PRLDEF expert in drafting its job tests -- are detailed in hundreds of pages of new material the group sent the Senate Judiciary Committee on Friday. The documents were placed on the committee's Web site. . . . .

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2 Comments:

Blogger Angela said...

Either one or two (depending on which source I believe) of the plaintiffs in the New Haven suit were Hispanic. They were not all "white" despite the media's portrayal as such.

7/04/2009 4:07 PM  
Blogger Martin G. Schalz said...

The answer to your question Dr. Lott, is yes.

As time passes, more data regarding Sotomayors alleged bigotry/racial bias comes to light, and it does support the overall pattern of bigotry/racial bias.

If this were a so called 'right wing' nominee, they would be crucified for behavior such as Sotomayor has engaged in.

To say that there were one or two hispanics in the New Haven case, does not somehow cure Sotomayor of her core being, nor does it excuse past or present behavior.

7/05/2009 1:37 PM  

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