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Sotomayor’s Sharp Tongue Will Make Her a Match for Scalia

Posted May 28, 2009 5:45 PM CDT
By Martha Neil

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor is known for her sometimes sharp tongue—as well as her ability, behind the scenes, to help colleagues reach consensus.

Although criticized by some for undue harshness, the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals jurist is also appreciated for her assertiveness and keen involvement in the cases before her, reports the New York Times. And, the newspaper notes, Sotomayor is likely to hold her own, if her nomination to the nation's top court is confirmed, against another well-known acerbic questioner—U.S. Supreme Court Justice Antonin Scalia.

“In some ways she could match, well, the other New Yorker on the court, Justice Scalia,” law professor Douglas Kmiec of Pepperdine University tells the Times. “He expects people to give back as good as he gives, and I expect that when Justice Sotomayor is on the court, his wish will be fulfilled.”

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