Now that Attorney General Rob McKenna and Secretary of State Sam Reed have announced they'll appeal yesterday's decision by the 9th Circuit Court of Appeals granting felons in Washington the right to vote, it's worth noting that the newest Supe is already on record against them.
The politically aware felon's best friend?
Sonia Sotomayor was a judge on the 2nd Circuit in 2006 when a similar case came up in New York. There, too, the plaintiffs argued that since felons are disproportionately people of color, denying them the right to vote was effectively discriminatory.The plaintiffs lost that case, as a majority of 2nd Circuit judges went against them. But Sotomayor dissented and seemed to support extending voting rights to all felons, in or out of prison.
Needless to say, conservative outlets like the Washington Times and others saw this as further evidence of Sotomayor's "racialist judicial activism." (It's always "activism" when it benefits people with no power.)