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Northwest Voices

Seattle Times letters to the editor

Category: Supreme Court
March 27, 2013 at 5:29 PM

Supreme Court questions if it’s too soon to decide on gay-marriage case

Court not moving fast enough The U.S. Supreme Court justices questioned that the issue of legalizing same-sex marriages may be moving too fast [“Buyer’s remorse on gay-marriage case?” page one, March 27]. Justice Anthony Kennedy expressed that we only have the experience of a handful of years of legal gay marriages in a handful of…

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March 6, 2013 at 7:01 AM

Supreme Court justices question relevance of Voting Rights Act

Scalia perpetuates his own entitlement Justice Antonin Scalia recently sparked national debate when the Supreme Court reviewed a case challenging the 1965 Voting Rights Act [“Justices voice skepticism of voting-rights law,” page one, Feb. 28]. He warned about the “phenomenon that is called perpetuation of racial entitlement.” Does he, like other Americans, think that the election…

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Comments | More in Politics, Race, Supreme Court | Topics: Justice Antonin Scalia, Voting Rights Act

July 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Discrimination ruling: Supreme Court was right to side with firefighters

No reason why firefighters’ tests should have been discarded I think Lynne K. Varner’s column, “Court majority blind to racism” [Opinion, July 1], totally ignores one important aspect of the issue — the fact that having their test results thrown out was grossly unfair to the 18 firefighters who passed the test. I agree with Varner that…

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June 4, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Sotomayor’s empathy

Lack of it also hurts judicial rulings In his June 2 letter to the editor [“Sotomayor: Krauthammer’s hypocrisy,” Opinion, Northwest Voices], Mark Saporito takes Charles Krauthammer to task for trying to have it both ways on Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s use of empathy in her judicial rulings. Saporito uses the New Haven firefighters case to prove Krauthammer’s…

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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…

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June 1, 2009 at 4:30 PM

Sonia Sotomayor

Abstract interpretation of laws creates chaos Friday’s editorial on Judge Sonia Sotomayor [“A persuasive choice,” May 29] proves that the editorial board does not understand the role of the judiciary in our government. The Times asserts that “[t]he Constitution is not a set of abstract rules but laws that require understanding of how they affect real people.”…

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May 29, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Sotomayor nomination

<img src=”http://seattletimes.nwsource.com/ABPub/2009/05/29/2009277707.jpg” width=”345″ class=”pic” /> Chip Somodevilla / Getty Images President Barack Obama announces federal Judge Sonia Sotomayor is his choice to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice David Souter. Obama’s ploy to get re-elected Editor, The Times: I don’t know whether President Obama’s choice for Supreme Court justice, Sonia Sotomayor, is someone who will uphold our Constitution to our benefit or try…

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May 27, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Obama nominates Sotomayor

Pablo Martinez Monsivais / The Associated Press Federal appeals court Judge Sonia Sotomayor is President Barack Obama’s nominee for the Supreme Court. Final nail in the Republican coffin Editor, The Times: I predict the Republican Party will drive the final nail into its coffin by giving federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor a hard time, thereby alienating all 44 million…

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May 18, 2009 at 4:00 PM

Empathy

Good for Fido, bad for Supreme Court? Loved the page-one story about researchers determining that dogs have the moral quality of empathy [“Dogs have souls, but you already knew that,” May 16]. It came appropriately after right-wingers loudly denounced President Obama for listing empathy as one of his top qualifications for naming a Supreme Court Justice [“Empathy…

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