Rev. Austin Miles, a chaplain in Northern California is a writer and historian. He is the author of Santa's Surprising Origins, a story that received worldwide circulation and resulted in him being cast in the 2004 Hallmark Christmas Movie titled, Single Santa Seeks Mrs. Claus. He played the mall Santa who magically received the gift of sign language.

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Thursday, August 6, 2009

General • First Hispanic Supreme Court Judge Confirmed

By a vote of 68-31, Sonia Sotomayor was confirmed today as the next Justice of The Supreme Court that will make her the first Hispanic Justice and the third woman appointed to the court.

Chief Justice John Roberts Jr,  will administer the oath on Saturday at 11 AM at the Supreme Court. She’ll be given the constitutional oath of office in a private ceremony in the justices’ conference room, followed by the judicial oath in the East Conference Room before a gathering of Sotomayor’s friends and family. A formal investiture ceremony will take place on September 8 with a special sitting of the court, according to Legal Times of The National Law Journal.

Democrats refered to all who opposed her nomination and confirmation as racist who did not want a Hispanic on the bench, even though the republicans nominated a Latino who was fully qualified but opposed by liberals who fought the nomination vigorously because the nominee carred the republican brand. His qualifications were excellent but he was the wrong brand for the liberals. Racism accusations against dems who opposed the nomination were totally absent during those hearings.

Judge Sotomayer will face public skepticism over previous statements she made, stating that the court makes laws, which she later said was a slip of the tongue, and her early statement about the superiority of a Latino woman to the wisdom of a white male, statements she tried to run away from during the hearings.

Ms. Sotomayer’s appointment to the Supreme Court is a lifetime appointment. Whatever battles and words took place, and no matter what happens, this first appointment of a Hispanic Justice is indeed a historic event.




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