Sotomayor Hits Prosecutor on Racist Comments
'I hope never to see a case like this again'
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Feb 25, 2013 10:57 AM CST
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor answers a question at Chicago Public Library in Chicago, Wednesday, Jan. 30, 2013.   (AP Photo/Nam Y. Huh)

(Newser) – The Supreme Court won't be hearing a defendant's appeal in a drug case—but Justice Sonia Sotomayor made her views clear on a federal prosecutor's earlier comments, CNN reports. The prosecutor had said, "You've got African Americans, you've got Hispanics, you've got a bag full of money. Does that tell you—a light bulb doesn't go off in your head and say, 'This is a drug deal?'"

In a statement backed by Justice Stephen Breyer, Sotomayor noted that the remarks were "an affront to the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection of the laws." "It is deeply disappointing to see a representative of the United States resort to this basic tactic more than a decade into the 21st century," she said. "I hope never to see a case like this again." She also slapped the Justice Department for responding to the comments by dubbing them "impolitic."

More From Newser
My Take on This Story
To report an error on this story,
notify our editors.
Sotomayor Hits Prosecutor on Racist Comments is...
6%
1%
0%
73%
1%
19%
Show results without voting
You Might Like
Comments
Showing 3 of 33 comments
RussellWinfrey
Feb 28, 2013 11:17 AM CST
http://22oftheday.blogspot.com/2013/02/you-be-judge.html
Murahu
Feb 27, 2013 11:53 AM CST
Sotomayor is a Justice only because she constantly uses her ethic background to gain preferences over better qualified candidates. Now she is upset because someone else invokes ethnicity in a more realistic manner.
Buutfuc
Feb 26, 2013 6:59 AM CST
the justice is lookin' a bit like a "sista" in the article photo - where's clarence?