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Sotomayor and the firefighters

Will Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court be jeopardized by the court's decision Monday overturning her ruling in the case of the New Haven, Conn., firefighters? Should it be?The Wall Street Journal editorialized: "Ms. Sotomayor's supporters have been at pains to argue that she has ended up on both sides of racial discrimination complaints while on the 2nd Circuit. But those examining her record can reasonably ask if the disregard she exhibited for a Title VII claim by white firefighters falls into the category of neutrality or its own kind of bias."The Dallas Morning News editorialized: "Yes, her panel was criticized for a one-paragraph dismissal of the plaintiffs' claims — claims the Supreme Court later recognized as significant constitutional questions. Yet one case does not a judicial philosophy make. Sotomayor has participated in hundreds of rulings from a number of benches — so many that Senate Republicans complained that they could not read them all in time to question her. They should remember that before focusing too narrowly on any single case."

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