Numerous news sources are reporting that President Barack Obama has chosen federal appeals judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court. She will become the first Hispanic in history to wear the robes of a Supreme Court justice.
If confirmed by the Senate, Sotomayor, 54, would succeed retiring Justice David Souter. Two officials described Obama’s decision on condition of anonymity because no formal announcement had been made.
Administration officials say Sotomayor would bring more judicial experience to the Supreme Court than any justice confirmed in the past 70 years. A formal announcement was expected at midmorning. Obama had said publicly he wanted a justice who combined intellect and empathy — the ability to understand the troubles of everyday Americans.
Turning Left will carry the president’s full statement when he announces Sotomayor’s appointment.