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WASHINGTON - President Barack Obama will nominate federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a justice.
If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Two officials described Obama's decision on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.
Sotomayor would be unlikely to change the ideological balance of the court since she would replace Souter, one of the more liberal members. The powerful nine-member court shi
she would inject relative youth into the court's aging liberal wing. Justices serve until they retire or die, giving presidents an opportunity to influence policy long after their terms end.
Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years.
Originally posted by Grayelf2009
Shouldn't we the people elect these folks ? I am still relearning everything about our rights, but I thought all those in power were elected. Answers fellow ATS'ers.