Sotomayor's 1st week: 'Can I ask you something?'
Justice Sonia Sotomayor may be new, but she is not shy. She quickly established herself this week as a significant force in Supreme Court arguments, asking clipped, pointed and sometimes impatient questions.
Her predecessor, Justice David H. Souter, was also an active questioner. But his inquiries tended to be elaborate and beautifully calibrated. Justice Sotomayor’s questions sometimes sounded more like a cross-examination.
In the first argument on Monday, in a case about when questioning may resume after a criminal suspect asks for a lawyer, she fired nine questions in a row at Attorney General Douglas F. Gansler of Maryland. The questions methodically cut Mr. Gansler’s argument down to its essence.
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This reflects so well on President Obama and this will be one of his lasting legacies. His first major judicial appointment sounds like an ideal one.