Sotomayor's Foreign Ideas; Supreme Court Nominee Backs Transnationalism

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Sotomayor's Foreign Ideas; Supreme Court Nominee Backs Transnationalism


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Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, raised the issue of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's reliance on foreign law in a June 25 floor speech. What the senator described provides ample reason to reject her nomination to the Supreme Court.

On April 28, Judge Sotomayor delivered a speech in which she worried that unless American courts are more open to discussing the ideas raised by foreign cases, and by international cases ... we are going to lose influence in the world She also said judges rightly have looked to foreign authorities to help us understand whether our understanding of our own constitutional rights fell into the mainstream of human thinking.

That's not all she had to say about the imperative of using foreign law as a guide for U.S. law. To the extent that we have freedom of ideas, international law and foreign law will be very important in the discussion of how to think about the unsettled issues in our legal system, she said in April. This is a consistent theme of hers. In a 2007 forward to a book called The International Judge, Judge Sotomayor wrote that judges should all attempt to cobble together a culture of justice-seeking in a changed world.

At best, this is muddle-headed thinking. It also is evidence of a lack of self-control.

These statements are muddle-headed because they fail basic tests of logic. Why should unsettled issues in the U.S. legal system benefit from freedom of ideas as expressed through international law and foreign law? …

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