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Judges don’t rely on their experiences… or do they?

July 14, 2009

Hmmm..  Now this is fascinating.  From Ron Fournier and The Courtside Blog:

A groundbreaking Hispanic judge told CBS today: “We’re all affected by our experiences … A good judge, I believe, comes to the bench very sensitive to those biases, and when they analyze a case they try to set those biases aside.”

Sonia Sotomayor? Nope. Alberto Gonzales, a former Texas judge who, under Republican President George W. Bush, became the nation’s first Hispanic attorney general…

Was he making Sotomayor’s case? In a speech in 2001, Sotomayor said she hoped a “wise Latina” often would reach better conclusions than a white male who lacked the same life experience. Republicans have seized on the quote as a sign of bias.

Does this blow a hole in the GOP’s biggest argument?  What do you all think?

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