What Sotomayor actually sounds like on the bench

As stories about her conduct fly around, audio emerges of her participation in a controversial case


Alex Koppelman
May 29, 2009 11:40PM (UTC)

As noted on Salon's Broadsheet today, there have been a spate of stories recently, the latest in Friday's New York Times, examining Judge Sonia Sotomayor's "temperament" and conduct on the bench.

Lawyers -- at least some, presumably, influenced by how they and their cases fared before her -- have weighed in with various takes on her and what she's like as a judge. But the best way to judge may be to hear it for yourself. And now you can do that.

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The Wall Street Journal's Washington Wire has posted audio of an exchange in which Sotomayor and a fellow judge question lawyers involved in one of the cases causing the most controversy about Sotomayor's nomination, Ricci v. DiStefano, a discrimination case about New Haven firefighters.

I'll let you draw your own conclusions from the audio; the session does get contentious, on both sides.


Alex Koppelman

Alex Koppelman is a staff writer for Salon.

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