July 16th, 2009
11:48 AM ET
13 years ago

Sotomayor: Supreme Court might be able to take on more cases

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2009/images/07/16/art.sotoconfirm07161.gi.jpg caption="Sonia Sotomayor said Thursday that the Supreme Court appears to 'have the capacity to take on more cases.'"]WASHINGTON (CNN) - Sonia Sotomayor might be pushing her likely future colleagues to work harder.

Asked Thursday by Sen. Arlen Specter, D-Pennsylvania, if the Supreme Court should increase its caseload, the nominee told her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing that it appeared the docket could be increased.

"It does appear that the Supreme Court docket has lessened over time," Sotomayor said on the fourth day of the committee's confirmation hearing. "Because of that, it does appear it has the capacity to take on more cases."

It's unclear how the rest of the justices will feel about that.

According to Specter, the Supreme Court decided 451 cases in 1886, with 161 signed opinions in 1985. In the 2008-2009 session that ended recently, there were 75 signed opinions.

The issue involves both the cases decided by the nation's highest court, as well as those it rejects. Some Democratic senators on the Judiciary Committee have complained that the Supreme Court effectively ruled on vital issues by refusing to hear them.

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soundoff (56 Responses)
  1. Steve (the real one)

    @heidej July 16th, 2009 12:48 pm ET
    Cry me a river…………… Finally! Another woman! Can't wait until it's even-steven! Ya hooooo……!
    If you are referring to the Supreme Court and I assume you are, you do realize it is a nine member court, right? 4.5 women and 4.5 men ain't gonna work!

    July 16, 2009 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  2. Maiga

    Look the way she hold her arms in an equal position, GOOD JUGGE!!! What is GOP looking lor? A Limbaugh in a CAPS BAG???

    July 16, 2009 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  3. Steve (the real one)

    @Steph July 16th, 2009 12:18 pm ET
    She is a hard-working, fair judge, and she had definitely proven that she has judicial temperament (I would have gotten up and slapped Sessions myself).
    I am assuming that you and Dutch would also be prepared to go to jail, right? You woud have done exactly what the Judge did...sit there and answer the questions ONLY!

    July 16, 2009 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  4. Andrew

    Point of clarification. when republicans say "elitist" they mean anyone with schooling beyond their AA degree.

    July 16, 2009 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  5. Maiga

    Look the way she hold her arms in an equal position, GOOD JUDGE!!! What the GOP is looking for? A Limbaugh in a CAPS BAG???

    July 16, 2009 02:23 pm at 2:23 pm |
  6. Antonio, Univ of Illinois

    Sotomayor!! It feels good to have a fellow Puerto Rican being appointed to the court!!

    White men you must be VERY intimidated and scared of the day when you won't control this country!

    July 16, 2009 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
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