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Even a ‘Wise Latina’ can Lie

07/02/2010

From Weasel Zippers:

Sonia Sotomayor’s testimony during her senate confirmation hearing teaches us that radicals will tailor their answers to say what they believe their questioners want to hear — in order to be confirmed — so that they may advance their agenda upon being seated.

In other words, they lie.

Regarding the key issue in McDonald — whether the 14th Amendment makes the Second Amendment enforceable against state and local governments — Justice Sotomayor resolutely refused to tell the senators how she might vote. So in voting against incorporating the Second Amendment, Justice Sotomayor was not inconsistent with what she had told the Senate. But regarding Heller, her actions as a justice broke her promises from last summer.

The Breyer-Sotomayor-Ruth Bader Ginsburg dissent urged that Heller be overruled and declared, “In sum, the Framers did not write the Second Amendment in order to protect a private right of armed self defense.”

Contrast that with her Senate testimony: “I understand the individual right fully that the Supreme Court recognized in Heller.” And, “I understand how important the right to bear arms is to many, many Americans.”

To the Senate Judiciary Committee, Justice Sotomayor repeatedly averred that Heller is “settled law.” The Associated Press reported that Sen. Mark Udall, Colorado Democrat, “said Sotomayor told him during a private meeting that she considers the 2008 ruling that struck down a Washington, D.C., handgun ban as settled law that would guide her decisions in future cases.”

So by “settled,” she apparently meant “not settled; should be overturned immediately.”

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