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Defenders of Wildlife

Press Release

Earthjustice Statement on Sonia Sotomayor Supreme Court Nomination

May 26, 2009


Raviya Ismail, Earthjustice (202) 667-4500

Washington, DC-- The following statement is from Glenn Sugameli, senior legislative counsel and head of Earthjustice’s judicial nominations project since 2001:

“Earthjustice welcomes President Obama’s Supreme Court nomination of Second Circuit U.S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor, who has some of the strongest qualifications of any Supreme Court nominee in many years, including the most federal judicial experience in 100 years.

“Judge Sotomayor is well qualified in light of her personal, academic, legal, and judicial experience . Her knowledge, understanding and service as a federal trial and appellate court judge provide invaluable perspectives for deciding environmental protection and related issues, as reflected in her 80-page Riverkeeper v. EPA opinion.

“Filling the current Supreme Court vacancy with a jurist who is fair-minded and experienced  is critical. Polluters have attempted to rewrite the constitution and laws to repeal clean air, clean water and other essential safeguards. Four of the remaining Justices unjustifiably attempted to block the Clean Air Act’s application to global warming pollution, and to reinterpret the Constitution to selectively prohibit citizen and state access to court in the 2007 Massachusetts v. EPA case.

“We look forward to the Senate’s deliberations on this important nomination as the Court is sharply and closely divided on the fate of basic environmental safeguards and citizens’ access to court. Respect for and understanding of environmental laws that protect all Americans are essential.”