Saturday, June 6, 2009

Chris Dodd's Glib Response to Questions Concerning Sotomayor's Decision in Ricci v. DeStefano

My colleague who brings us "The Artful Doddger" has a great post on Dodd's dutifully un-informed non-position on SCOTUS nominee Sandra Sotomayor's opinion in Ricci v. DeStefano.

Chris Dodd's Lack Of Empathy

Connecticut has been host to a number of cases in Supreme Court history that have had a profound impact on the legal landscape of our country, such as Griswold v. Connecticut, and more recently, Kelo v. City of New London. Over the past few weeks, as most Connecticut residents have noticed, the Constitution State is again at the center of the legal universe, this time in a reverse discrimination case arising out of the city of New Haven.

Ricci v. DeStefano is a lawsuit brought by white firefighters (including a Hispanic) who scored well on a promotional exam but were ultimately not promoted when the city refused to certify the exam results because following the procedures in place would not have resulted in enough black firefighters being promoted soon enough. Judge Sotomayor was on the Second Circuit panel that upheld the dismissal of the plaintiff's complaint. The full text of the per curiam opinion she signed on to is reproduced below:
To read the whole of it, including the 2nd Circuit's stunningly brief opinion, and Dodd's glib non-answer, go here

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