Lord, Grant Me The Pettiness Of Sonia Sotomayor

Lord, Grant Me The Pettiness Of Sonia Sotomayor

Lord, Grant Me The Pettiness Of Sonia Sotomayor

Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
Listen Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer (soon to be Ketanji Brown Jackson) are in an unenviable position. They have to go to work every day with six assholes hellbent on remaking the country to their liking. And they aren’t even good at it.
I mean, the right-wing majority is surely getting the job done. But their legal “reasoning” is a slipshod mess of half-truths and cherry-picked historical examples mixed together to create the political result they want. And I am far from the only person calling out the bad, sloppy arguments. Former judge J. Michael Luttig – an H.W. Bush appointee – said it was a “silver lining” that the Court’s reasoning in Bruen will “prove to be the death knell for originalism.” Law professor Leah Litman dubbed it the YOLO Court for its penchant of doing whatever feels good in the moment without regard for the future.
It must be incredibly frustrating for the perpetual dissent writers. And that was before Neil Gorsuch gave the five finger death punch to the Establishment Clause. In that decision, the majority downplays the coercion players say they felt because of the public spectacle of praying the coach Joseph Kennedy made, writing, “He offered his prayers quietly while his students were otherwise occupied.”
But that’s not the testimony in the case. And Sotomayor isn’t going to let Gorsuch float that bullshit without calling it out. Like a lesson learned from a screenwriting class, why say it when you can show it.
That’s right friends, she included PICTURES in the dissent.
And speaking of sketchy, the way the majority portrays the actual facts in this case (to try to downplay the coercion issue) is so problematic that Justice Sotomayor has to include pictures in her dissent to show readers what *really* happened here: pic.twitter.com/bxk1FeUNlT
– Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) June 27, 2022

That’s a chef’s kiss level of petty. Brava.
Lord, Grant Me The Pettiness Of Sonia SotomayorKathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, host of The Jabot podcast, and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter ().
Justice Sonia Sotomayor (Photo by Allison Shelley/Getty Images)
Listen Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Stephen Breyer (soon to be Ketanji Brown Jackson) are in an unenviable position. They have to go to work every day with six assholes hellbent on remaking the country to their liking. And they aren’t even good at it.
I mean, the right-wing majority is surely getting the job done. But their legal “reasoning” is a slipshod mess of half-truths and cherry-picked historical examples mixed together to create the political result they want. And I am far from the only person calling out the bad, sloppy arguments. Former judge J. Michael Luttig – an H.W. Bush appointee – said it was a “silver lining” that the Court’s reasoning in Bruen will “prove to be the death knell for originalism.” Law professor Leah Litman dubbed it the YOLO Court for its penchant of doing whatever feels good in the moment without regard for the future.
It must be incredibly frustrating for the perpetual dissent writers. And that was before Neil Gorsuch gave the five finger death punch to the Establishment Clause. In that decision, the majority downplays the coercion players say they felt because of the public spectacle of praying the coach Joseph Kennedy made, writing, “He offered his prayers quietly while his students were otherwise occupied.”
But that’s not the testimony in the case. And Sotomayor isn’t going to let Gorsuch float that bullshit without calling it out. Like a lesson learned from a screenwriting class, why say it when you can show it.
That’s right friends, she included PICTURES in the dissent.
And speaking of sketchy, the way the majority portrays the actual facts in this case (to try to downplay the coercion issue) is so problematic that Justice Sotomayor has to include pictures in her dissent to show readers what *really* happened here: pic.twitter.com/bxk1FeUNlT
– Steve Vladeck (@steve_vladeck) June 27, 2022

That’s a chef’s kiss level of petty. Brava.
Lord, Grant Me The Pettiness Of Sonia SotomayorKathryn Rubino is a Senior Editor at Above the Law, host of The Jabot podcast, and co-host of Thinking Like A Lawyer. AtL tipsters are the best, so please connect with her. Feel free to email her with any tips, questions, or comments and follow her on Twitter ().

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