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Sotomayor’s Sharp Tongue Raises Issue of Temperament

Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s Supreme Court choice, has a blunt and even testy side, and it was on display in December during an argument before the federal appeals court in New York. The case concerned a Canadian man who said American official
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Her demeanor on the ski insurance horse health insurance long term care insurance tax deduction bench is an issue that title insurance reissue rate conservatives opposed auto insurance broker to her nomination see henry auto insurance as a potential vulnerability — and one that Mr. Obama carefully considered before selecting her. Judge Sotomayor’s colleagues on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit say her tough and direct questioning reflects engagement and, sometimes, an effort permanent health insurance classic insurance uk contents insurance calculator to persuade her colleagues. Those qualities, coupled buy insurance online cheap car with a annual family travel insurance gregarious personality, they said, make her a powerful force behind the scenes, where she has used her mastery of the cases life insurance policy quotes to change minds, improve antique motorcycle insurance travel insurance 70 opinions and forge consensus. Those skills, some observers say, could make her an able politician on the Supreme Court and allow her to serve as an compare insurance intellectual counterweight auto insurance rights to Justice Antonin Scalia, a hochheim prairie insurance conservative who is known business insurance new jersey for his acerbic questioning. “In some ways errors and omissions insurance policy she could federal employee insurance match, washington international insurance company well, the other New Yorker on the court, Justice auto insurance tn Scalia,” said Douglas Kmiec, a law professor at Pepperdine insurance translation University. “He expects people to give back as disability insurance law good as he gives, and I expect that postoffice insurance when cheap auto insurance toronto Justice dental insurance milwaukee Sotomayor is on the court, his wish will be cheapest single trip travel insurance fulfilled.” Both colleagues health insurance australia travel insurance price and lawyers who have argued before her agree that her style is assertive. “They call it a hot affordable auto insurance quote bench when a judge asks a lawyer short period car insurance a lot of questions — well, she isn’t afraid combined life insurance of running a hot bench,” said H. Raymond insurance sales leads Fasano, a Republican immigration lawyer who has appeared before her 24 auto insurance questions times, mostly in asylum cases, and is a fan. “When a judge asks a lot of questions, that means she’s read the record, california car insurance quote she knows the issues and long beach car insurance she has concerns that she long term disability insurance company wants resolved. And that’s the judge’s job.” Other lawyers, though, are not so enamored. In the Almanac of the Federal Judiciary, which conducts anonymous florida car insurance companies interviews car insurance melbourne with lawyers famous classic car insurance to assess judges, she has gone from generally rave reviews to more tepid endorsements. 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Tribe, a Harvard law professor who served as an home repair insurance adviser minnesota long term care insurance in medical insurance in Wisconsin the process car insurance saga that pacific care health insurance led to Judge Sotomayor’s selection for bicycle insurance london the Supreme Court, said classic car insurance online the White House had found concerns about her temperament unfounded, concluding instead banfield pet insurance that hayden insurance her background group dental insurance and american health and life insurance company her concern 2 car insurance with the consequences of court rulings would be student insurance air travel insurance a “healthy antidote” to more formalist legal static caravan insurance theories advocated by the Supreme Court’s conservative wing. “The president’s inquiries into auto insurance in Florida the instant car insurance quote uk way she interacts with others,” albany car insurance Professor cna long term care insurance Tribe said, “convinced him texas life insurance company that she would be a positive force in joint life insurance policy the chemistry of the Supreme Court.” Judge Sotomayor’s outgoing demeanor presents a contrast to that of the justice she low cost life insurance hopes to pet insurance new zealand replace, David H. 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