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Zack Legitimacy Updates *** NEG ***AT: N/U - Sotomayor Sotomayor restored legitimacy – diversity on the court CNS News 8/5 /2009 (http://www.cnsnews.com/public/content/article.aspx?RsrcID=52032) Panelist Sylvia Lazos , a law professor at the William S. Boyd School of Law at the University of Nevada, Las Vegas, said that a person’s background will and should affect their judicial decisions . “We are convinced that you come up with better decisions when you have a diverse judiciary.” Lazos said . “I think it’s pretty much accepted these days , except for some Republicans on the Senate Judiciary, that people from different backgrounds will look at a set of facts in a very different kind of way .” Lazos cited as an example the arrest for disorderly conduct of black Harvard Professor Henry Louis Gates Jr. by a white police officer in Cambridge, Mass., last month that sparked a national debate after President Barack Obama said the police had “acted stupidly” by arresting Gates. “Who was right?” Lazos said. “We don’t know, but we know their backgrounds and their racial backgrounds have a lot to do with how they view so differently those set of facts.” She said diversity plays an important role in how a judge reaches a decision. “It’s this process of explaining why you’re coming up with this decision , not sounding condescending, not sounding like you are talking as a white male judge but talking as a judge that understands the reality of everybody ,” she said, “I think is a very important part of the legitimacy function of the judiciary .” Sotomayor is expected to be confirmed by the Senate Judiciary before the Senate adjourns for its summer break on Friday. Sotomayor restored legitimacy – their evidence is just racist republican threats Simon Rosenberg , President of NDN, a progressive policy thinktank, 8/6 /2009 (http://www.huffingtonpost.com/simon- rosenberg/sotomayor-and-our-changin_b_253443.html) President Obama's historic pick of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to serve on the Supreme Court is an acknowledgment and affirmation of the great demographic changes taking place in America today. Driven by years of immigration, our nation is going through profound change. The percentage of people of color in the United States has tripled in just the past 45 years, and America is now on track become a majority-minority nation in the next 30-40 years. The movement of our nation from a majority white to a more racially complex society is perhaps the single greatest societal change taking place in our great nation today. And if the Supreme Court is to have the societal legitimacy required to do its work, its Justices must reflect and speak to the people of America of the 21st century . The pick of Judge Sotomayor, a highly qualified, twice-Senate confirmed Latina to serve as one of the nine judges overseeing our judicial system, will not only put a thoughtful and highly
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