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Obama to announce he has chosen Sonia Sotomayor as pick for Supreme Court

by John Byrne

President Barack Obama has chosen Sonia Sotomayor as his choice to succeed Justice David Souter on the Supreme Court and will announce her nomination Tuesday at 10:15 AM ET.

An Administration official confirmed the report around 8:20 AM ET to CBS’ Matt Knoller.

“Six people were known to be under consideration by Obama,” MSNBC notes. “U.S. Appeals Court judges Diane Wood and Sonia Sotomayor, Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno.”


WASHINGTON – U.S. President Barack Obama tapped U.S. Circuit Judge Sonia Sotomayor for the Supreme Court on Tuesday, officials said, making her the first Hispanic in history picked to wear the robes of a 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.




Originally published on Tuesday May 26, 2009.

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