Latinos Press for Hispanic High Court Justice

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NEW YORK CITY--President Obama is expected to name his first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court sometime in the next week or so.
While he's under  lot of pressure on him to pick a woman, some Latinos are leaning on the Democrat president to pick an Hispanic. There is only one woman on the bench now, but there's never been an Hispanic justice before.

Hispanics say it's payback time since the community has been a loyal backer of the Democrats. Critics say they've seen little in return for that loyalty.

"They've been taking us for granted. They've been using us," New York state Sen, Ruben Diaz of the Bronx told CBN News. "The Democratic Party has been using us every time for years and years. It is time for them to really, really sit down and talk to us."

An Hispanic Woman?
Obama could go for pleasing both those who want a woman and those who want an Hispanic by picking an Hispanic woman. Much attention has focused on federal appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor.
The Bronx-based judge even has local appeal to both Bronx Senator Diaz and the Staten Island-based Rev. Daniel Delgado, the New Jersey chief of the National Hispanic Christian Leadership Conference. 

"As a Latino, I will say that I'm sure there are Latinos out there that are very family-orientated and I've been looking at Sotomayor and some others," Delgado said. "I think he (Obama) should look at them carefully."
Diaz said his office sent a letter of support for Sotomayor to Obama.

Law over Ethnicity
But Delgado and his organization are a bit more interested in the nominee's view of the law rather than his or her gender or race.  They recently lobbied Obama about this nomination. 

"We did speak to his White House staff three weeks ago," Delgado said. "Our opinion is quite simple and our agenda is quite simple: that the judges are not to be legislating from the bench.  We will lobby against anybody who will legislate from the bench instead of try to interpret the law."
Delgado knows the liberal Obama is not likely to share his viewpoint about judicial restraint.  But he said that's really what the job of a Supreme Court justice.

"That their job is not to create legislation.  That's for our House and Senate, that's for our Congress, that's not for the Supreme Court," he said. "It's to interpret the laws as is verbatim as our founding fathers intended them."
Delgado said a justice determined to stay loyal to what the founding fathers intended would help the country stay moored to its Judeo-Christian values since those founders based the Constitution and the nation's laws on those values.

If Obama does want a female, an Hispanic and a judge, he's not stuck with just Sotomayor. Sixty Hispanic women now serve as federal judges.

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