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McConnell Statement On Ricci Case

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McConnell Statement On Ricci Case

U.S. Senate Republican Leader Mitch McConnell made the following statement on Monday regarding the United States Supreme Court Ruling in Ricci v. DeStefano:

"The Supreme Court today recognized that Judge Sotomayor's panel wrongly deprived the New Haven firefighters of equal justice under the law. Not only did Judge Sotomayor misapply the law, but the perfunctory way in which she and her panel dismissed the firefighters' meritorious claims of unfair treatment is particularly troubling. It stands in marked contrast to the way the Supreme Court addressed this very serious matter, underscoring my concern that she may have allowed her personal or political agenda to cloud her judgment and affect her ruling."

Background

In the Ricci case, Sotomayor held that the city of New Haven, CT, had not discriminated against a group of firefighters who were not promoted even though they had earned qualifying scores on the requisite tests. Many Democrats and self-described independents have raised serious concerns regarding the way Judge Sotomayor and her colleagues handled the case, including Judge Jose Cabranes, a Clinton appointee and colleague of Sotomayor's on the Second Circuit, who called the ruling "perfunctory." The Obama Justice Department filed a brief with the Supreme Court arguing that Judge Sotomayor's panel was wrong to simply dismiss the case.


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