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Pressure to Pick Hispanic Justice


The Legal Times reports that Hispanic groups expect the next Supreme Court nominee to be a hispanic.

Encouraged by President-elect Barack Obama’s talk of inclusiveness, and emboldened by the importance of the Hispanic vote to Obama’s victory — two-thirds of Hispanics voted for him — Hispanic groups are cautiously hopeful that finally the time has come for a justice with a Latino background.

Almost every list of possible Obama nominees to the high court includes Hispanics — most notably Judge Sonia Sotomayor of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. But others who are mentioned include: Judge Kim Wardlaw of the 9th Circuit (her mother was Mexican), U.S. District Judge Ruben Castillo of Chicago, California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno, and even two Democratic U.S. senators — Ken Salazar of Colorado and Robert Menendez of New Jersey.


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