Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Nobody gets it right ..Sotomayor is NOT the1st Latin American SCOTUS judge

Benjamin Nathan Cardozo (May 24, 1870-July 9, 1938) was a well-known American lawyer and Supreme Court Justice, remembered for his significant influence on the development of American common law in the 20th century, in addition to his modesty, philosophy, and vivid prose style. Although Cardozo served on the Supreme Court from 1932 until his death, the majority of his landmark decisions were delivered during his 18-year tenure on the New York Court of Appeals, the highest court of that state.

In 1932, President Herbert Hoover appointed Cardozo to the Supreme Court of the United States to succeed Justice Oliver Wendell Holmes. The New York Times said of Cardozo's appointment that "seldom, if ever, in the history of the Court has an appointment been so universally commended."Democratic Cardozo's appointment by a Republican president has been referred to as one of the few Supreme Court appointments in history not motivated by partisanship or politics, but strictly based on the nominee's contribution to law.

Cardozo was confirmed by a unanimous voice vote in the Senate on February 24.On a radio broadcast on March 1, 1932, the day of Cardozo's confirmation, Clarence C. Dill, Democratic Senator for Washington, called Hoover's appointment of Cardozo "the finest act of his career as Presiden The entire faculty of the University of Chicago Law School had urged Hoover to nominate him, as did the deans of the law schools at Harvard, Yale, and Columbia. Justice Harlan Fiske Stone strongly urged Hoover to name Cardozo, even offering to resign to make room for him if Hoover had his heart set on someone else (Stone had in fact suggested to Calvin Coolidge that he should nominate Cardozo rather than himself back in 1925) Hoover, however, originally demurred: there were already two justices from New York, and a Jew on the court; in addition, Justice James McReynolds was a notorious anti-Semite. When the chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, William E. Borah of Idaho, added his strong support for Cardozo, however, Hoover finally bowed to the pressure.

Say, BTW, isn't it a coincidence that this announcement occurs today, after Kim's big weekend


Anonymous said...

obama is a typical soft power fascist bully, by that I mean he is more than willing to go toe to toe with domestic oponents and try to completely destroy them.

but international players who pose existential threats? he will never have the cahones.

Rafi Schutzer said...

Was Cardozo a Latin American?

Wikipedia says only that he was of Portuguese descent.