Friday, July 17, 2009

Bob Bennett makes up problems with judge in order to vote NO.

Senator Bob Bennett (R-Utah) announces he will vote no on Judge Sotomayor nomination to the Supreme Court. His reasons are generally crap but his motivation is that he needs to raise money as he is running for re-election in 2010.
I understand Sen. Bennett's concern on the second amendment. But his other concerns are clearly wrong.
Sen. Bennett:
"The rate at which Judge Sotomayor's cases have been overturned by the Supreme Court is cause for great concern. Eighty percent of the cases she's participated in that have been heard or considered by the Supreme Court have been reversed or vacated, which further indicates to me a tendency to legislate from the bench."
This is absolutely wrong. According to, "But only five of her decisions have been reviewed by the justices. Using five as a denominator, the rate comes out to 60 percent." Only three out of five had been overturned. Less than the average. In contrast Justice Alito has been oberturned by the Supreme Court 100% (2 out of 2).
Sen. Bennett:
"Finally, Judge Sotomayor has stated that she believes American judges should consider foreign law when interpreting the Constitution. The Constitution is an inspired document and I strongly believe the Supreme Court should strictly interpret American law based on the Constitution rather than the laws of other countries.
Here is Sotomayor answering this question with Sen Coburn.

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