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Another Troubling Vote by Sotomayor


Here’s the Center for Equal Opportunity’s press release, opposing the Sotomayor nomination. In addition to the New Haven firefighters case, we also mention Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion in Hayden v. Pataki, 449 F.3d 305 (2d Cir. 2006). That litigation involved a number of prison inmates — including, in particular, a convicted double cop killer — asserting a right to vote. The Second Circuit rejected the claim that the Voting Rights Act addressed felon disenfranchisement; Judge Sotomayor dissented. I wrote about the case, and the issue, in the Wall Street Journal.


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