Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's pledge to never forget the "real-world consequences" of her decisions is not unobjectionable on its face. Unfortunately, however, empathy for disaffected groups emerges as an empty, unhelpful barometer in reaching sound legal outcomes, an emptiness reflected in many of Sotomayor's decisions.
What of impartiality?
The National Law Journal
June 1, 2009
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