The article:

Sotomayor and 'A Latina Judge's Voice'

By Angie Drobnic Holan
Published on Wednesday, May 27th, 2009 at 7:07 p.m.

If you've been following the story of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor via cable news, you've undoubtedly heard this sound bite from a 2001 Sotomayor speech:

"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."

For many conservative detractors, the quote has formed the centerpiece of their opposition.

We analyzed the speech to find more context, and looked at a statement from the Judicial Confirmation Network that Sotomayor thinks "that one’s sex, race and ethnicity ought to affect the decisions one renders from the bench." We rated it Half True .

Also, don't miss our previous coverage of President Barack Obama's first Supreme Court nominee:

• We examined a claim by the Republican National Committee that Sotomayor believes the appellate court "makes policy." We found that claim to be Half True .

• We also looked at President Obama's claim that she has more experience than the sitting justices. We found that one wasn't as clear-cut as we expected and that, contrary to his suggestion, that she had roughly the same experience as the other justices. So we gave it a Half True .

Advertisement
About this article:

Sources:

See individual items for sources.

Researchers: Robert Farley

Names in this article: Barack Obama

How to contact us:

We want to hear your suggestions and comments.

For tips or comments on our Obameter and our GOP-Pledge-O-Meter promise databases, please e-mail the Obameter. If you are commenting on a specific promise, please include the wording of the promise.

For comments about our Truth-O-Meter or Flip-O-Meter items, please e-mail the Truth-O-Meter. We’re especially interested in seeing any chain e-mails you receive that you would like us to check out. If you send us a comment, we'll assume you don't mind us publishing it unless you tell us otherwise.

Browse The Truth-O-MeterTM:
Subscribe: