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Over 1000 Law Professors Join Letter Endorsing Sotomayor

Publication Date: 
July 08, 2009

Professor Robert Weisberg is quoted in SCOTUSblog as endorsing Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court of the United States based on her judicial record on habeas corpus cases:

In a letter received today by the Senate Judiciary Committee, more than 1000 academics expressed their support for Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation to the Supreme Court.

A number of signatories with diverse specialties and political leanings discussed via conference call Judge Sotomayor’s qualifications and strongly rebuked any characterization of her as a liberal ideologue. The professors believed Judge Sotomayor to be a moderate, pragmatic, and incrementalist jurist across all areas of law.

Judge Sotomayor’s criminal law record has been recently highlighted by the White House and the Democratic majority of the Senate Judiciary Committee (which released a report yesterday on 800 criminal cases) as an example of how she is a “consensus judge.” Professors echoed this sentiment, calling her decisions workmanlike and centrist. ...Robert Weisberg, a Stanford Law School professor, emphasized that in habeas corpus cases, Judge Sotomayor has been a “model of meticulousness” and strictly followed Congress’s statute.