Sotomayor’s Opinion Her First on Race Issue

In a dissent this week to a U.S. Supreme Court opinion on affirmative action, Justice Sonia Sotomayor -- the first Hispanic justice on the court -- addressed race in American for the first time since going on the bench, Gavel Grab reports. While the six-member majority upheld a voter-approved Michigan ban on affirmative action in university admissions, Justice Sotomayor parted ways, writing: “The Constitution does not protect racial minorities from political defeat.” She added, “But neither does it give the majority free rein to erect selective barriers against racial minorities.” Attorney General Eric Holder today applauded Justice Sotomayor’s dissent and called it “courageous and very personal,” the Wall Street Journal Law Blog reports.