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Quoted on Sotomayor

[adapted from posts at Overlawyered]

John Schwartz quoted me yesterday in the New York Times on Sonia Sotomayor's opinions in civil litigation, where she comes across as generally on the liberal side, but not an anti-business crusader (see also Adam Liptak's Times account). Here's what I said:

Some of the attacks against the judge's business rulings turn a complex legal record into a caricature, said Walter K. Olson, a senior fellow at the Manhattan Institute, a conservative organization, and the editor of a blog, Overlawyered.com. While expressing some qualms about Judge Sotomayor's views, Mr. Olson said "she will not be as liberal as many of the Republicans are saying -- but no one could be that liberal, even if they tried."

And in today's San Francisco Chronicle, Carolyn Lochhead quotes me with some further thoughts:

"It's not as if I think Obama's incapable of nominating someone who is more adventurous and more activist by nature," said Walter Olson, a senior fellow at the conservative Manhattan Institute. "Maybe we should save the all-out blast for when he nominates that one."

I also mention Ricci v. DeStefano, the lawsuit that arose from relatively blatant discrimination by the city of New Haven against non-minority firefighter applicants. I would not be surprised to learn that Sotomayor's views on reverse discrimination differed widely from my own, but still note that it's vaguely incongruous to treat as Exhibit A for a charge of judicial activism an instance in which the judge and her colleagues ducked a case.

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Rafael Mangual
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Manhattan Institute


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