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Sandara Day O’Connor Says Supreme Court Full of “Drones,” or Brokeharvardgrad’s Take: Old White Man’s Club

November 19, 2009
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In a rare but honest interview, Sandra Day O’Connor, the first female justice on the U.S. Federal Supreme Court stated that the bench needs more diversity and more justices from different walks of life stating that one female justice is not enough:

During the Saturday panel sponsored by the William and Mary Law School, O’Connor emphasized the value of diversity on the bench — in sex, professional experience, geography and religion.

She said she was glad another woman was on the court. Justice Sonia Sotomayor, the third woman justice in history and the first Latina, succeeded David Souter in August. Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is the other woman on the court. “It’s not enough,” O’Connor declared.

O’Connor, a former legislator in Arizona, said it was important for a president to pick justices from a variety of backgrounds. All nine of the current justices were elevated from U.S. appeals courts.

“I don’t think we should have nine clones up there,” O’Connor said.

Retired Justice O’Connor has stated that she feels some of her decisions are being “dismantled” by the current court, and she has been somewhat dismayed by this:

Asked how she felt about the fact that the current court had undone some of her rulings, the nation’s first woman justice responded, “What would you feel? I’d be a little bit disappointed. If you think you’ve been helpful, and then it’s dismantled, you think, ‘Oh, dear.’ But life goes on. It’s not always positive.”

Obviously upset by some of the decisions, the other female Supreme court justice, Ginsburg, has said she has keenly felt the gender disparity on the court as well. Sotomayor adds a much-deserved, but way too late gender addition.   What remains to be seen is whether or not the Good Old White Boys Club will fight to keep their majority with underhanded tricks designed to keep their place.

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