OPP at Endorsement of Sotomayor by Law Enforcement

June 10, 2009

Yesterday Toni Van Pelt, Policy Director, CFI Office of Public Policy, and Ruth Mitchell. OPP staff associate, attended a press conference in the Eisenhower Executive Office Building, hosted by Vice President Joe Biden. Representatives of law enforcement from across the U.S. endorsed the nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court.

The press conference focused on the earliest part of Sotomayor’s career, when, fresh out of law school, she served as an assistant district attorney in Manhattan under legendary district attorney, Robert Morgenthau. Now 90 years old, Morgenthau was present at the press conference and enthusiastically endorsed his former assistant district attorney.

The speakers made their endorsements in front of a line of city police chiefs, including Cathy Lanier, Chief of the Metropolitan DC Police.  Other speakers included Joseph I. Cassilly, president of the National District Attorneys Association, and John F.Timoney, Chief of Police in Miami, FL, and president of the Police Executive Research Forum. The audience consisted of representatives of police organizations and district attorneys from near and far.

In his remarks, Vice president Biden stressed Sotomayor’s experience as a district attorney, sharing the experiences of police and prosecutors in combating crime in New York neighborhoods.  He appealed to the shared experience of everyone in the room as a reason to support her nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

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