Thursday, June 25, 2009

CRS Reports on Sotomayor and Related Topics

Every Tuesday we list the latest Congressional Research Service (CRS) reports that have been discovered on the web, but now and then we like to draw your attention to specific CRS reports as they relate to hot topics.

CRS recently produced a report on the current Supreme Court nominee--Judge Sonia Sotomayor: Analysis of Selected Opinions. The 59-page report analyzes opinions written by Sotomayor during her tenure on the U.S. Second Circuit Court of Appeals. The report's summary states that one of Sotomayor's most consistent tendencies has been to uphold the doctrine of stare decisis, which is the sustaining of past judicial precedents. The summary also mentions Sotomayor's "careful application of particular facts at issue in a case and a dislike for situations in which the court might be seen as overstep[p]ing its judicial role."

Closely related to Sotomayor herself is the topic of Supreme Court nominations, which is why I'd like to point out another relevant CRS report: Supreme Court Nominations: Senate Floor Procedure and Practice, 1789-2009. The report mentions that of 158 nominations for Supreme Court submitted to the Senate between 1789 and 2006, 122 were confirmed. So Sotomayor appears to have a 77 percent chance of taking a seat on the Supreme Court bench.

For additional resources on Sotomayor and the Supreme Court, see our May 27 blog post or take a look at our guide to the federal court system.

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