Greg Stohr on laments on Aug. 7 that Sonia Sotomayor’s on the U.S. Supreme Court, “hailed as a historic moment by her supporters, may have little impact on the outcome of cases the justices will consider over the next year.”

Sotomayor, he notes, will succeed the retired David Souter, “whose positions she is likely to closely track based on her 17-year record as a trial and appellate judge. Souter supported abortion rights, affirmative action and strict church-state separation, and voted to limit constitutional protections for gun ownership and private property …”

“She can be no worse than Souter from our point of view,” said Senator Lindsey Graham, a South Carolina Republican who supported Sotomayor even though he said he had misgivings about her views. “So there is not going to be a major shift in the balance of power here.”

For more, go to:


— Sotomayor’s Confirmation Isn’t a Win for the White House;

— NRA Flameout 101: Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor-1; National Rifle Assn-0;

— Sotomayor hearings were hardly oversight, by LEE H. HAMILTON, former U.S. Congressman;

— Murkowski: NRA Wrong To Score Vote;

— Sotomayor’s Short Opinions: Hiding From The Law;