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June 2, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Sonia Sotomayor

Deserves an A+ for judicial philosophy

Charles Krauthammer gives a cogent and logical review of Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, and prophesies a reversal of the Frank Ricci case over promotions in the New Haven Fire Department [“Make Sotomayor defend her judicial philosophy,” Opinion, May 30].

However, on deeper examination it is revealed that she was just agreeing with a lower court that affirmed a federal law that said if a reasonable person could come to the conclusion that any test could be seen as racially biased, it shall be revised.

Moreover, with her wider life experiences, she can also see that any written test cannot determine the true characteristics that would indicate promotional possibilities, including demonstrated courage, leadership, communication and acumen under fire.

In any event, Ricci would likely come out on top again for any subsequent written technical examinations that are deemed “fair,” and has thus not been discriminated against.

Sotomayor gets an A+ for judicial philosophy, and we can await a possible reversal from those who have empathy only for the rich and powerful.

— Al Hunter, Yarrow Point

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