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Re: Justice Sotomayor
« Reply #30 on: March 28, 2010, 05:12:38 pm »
'You can say that I will retire within the next three years. I'm sure of that.'
JOHN PAUL STEVENS, The 89 -year-old Supreme Court Justice who leads the courts liberals,  suggesting that President Obama will likely nominate his successor.

Time, page 12, March 29, 2010
hmm... will the person nominated be a progressive? and perhaps a minority?
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Re: Justice Sotomayor
« Reply #31 on: April 10, 2010, 06:56:02 am »
hmm... will the person nominated be a progressive? and perhaps a minority?

Is there anyone here at HEF with any suggestions of a good candidate that can fill that supreme justice seat other than the pre-arranged candidate pool?

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Re: Justice Sotomayor
« Reply #32 on: April 10, 2010, 03:57:15 pm »
Time for a new thread about the search and confirmation of the next Justice.

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Re: Justice Sotomayor
« Reply #33 on: August 12, 2021, 07:17:15 pm »
Thursday, 12th August  Twenty One
by karmasagram

Frank Torres, a former New York State Supreme Court judge who, as the son of a Family Court jurist and later the father of a federal judge, supported greater Hispanic representation in the legal profession and on the bench, said Thursday in the Bronx.

Passes away at 93 years old.

His passing, in a hospital from complications of pneumonia, was confirmed by his daughter, Judge Annalisa Torres of the United States District Court in Manhattan.

To help increase the ratio of Hispanic lawyers and judges, Justice Torres encouraged high school and college students to study law and lawyers so that they could aspire to both elected and appointed judgeship.

And he publicly called on law firms to broaden their nets when hiring, and to seek more Hispanic candidates for judicial screening committees.

In 1991, in an article in The New York State Bar Journal, he complained that with 1.8 million Hispanic people in New York City and 2,000 Hispanic lawyers practicing in the state, apparently, New York did not have a Hispanic federal judge.

“This absence,” he wrote, was widely seen as “a relic of American unequal opportunity and racial discrimination.”

His complaint was filed shortly before Justice John Caro, the first Puerto Rican named to the Appellate Division in New York, withdrew his name from consideration as a federal judge.

He was nominated by Democrat Senator Daniel Patrick Moynihan, but the republican administration of President George HW Bush sat on the nomination for several years.

When Justice Caro withdrew, however, Senator Moynihan’s judicial select committee was ready with a replacement: another Bronx judge, Sonia Sotomayor, who was confirmed, and who later became the first to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Became a Hispanic jurist.

Justice Torres was set to follow in the footsteps of his father, Felipe, who was among the first Puerto Ricans elected to the New York State Assembly in 1953 and appointed to the Family Court a decade later.

The elder Mr. Torres represented his South Bronx constituents at Albany from 1952 to 1961, when he retired.

His son Frank succeeded him, chosen as a rebel.

Eduardo Padro, a retired judge of the State Supreme Court, the Supreme Trial Court in New York, said of Justice Torres in a phone interview:

“What set him apart was a basic humanity. When I came in, I was a There was an outsider, a rock thrower. I didn’t imagine myself as a player until I got a chance to work with him and got a new respect for the bench. Justice Padro, who was a law clerk for Justice Torres, said that he made it an article of belief “that the Puerto Rican community, the Latino community, that people of color had a right to aspire—that those who had never exercised authority over the law.” did not consider it had the right to aspire to a career, and those who were in the law had the right to aspire to the judiciary.”

Frank Torres was born on January 25, 1928, in Manhattan to parents who immigrated from Puerto Rico.

His father, Felipe Torres, a lawyer who practiced in East Harlem, was hired by Mayor Robert F. Wagner Jr. was appointed to the bench.

His mother, Felipe Torres’ first wife, Florida Barrios, was a housewife.

Frank’s sister, Aida, was raised by his mother, but when Frank was four and a half years old, he moved in with his father and his second wife, Innocencia Bello de Torres, with whom Felipe Torres had three more children.

Judge Annalisa Torres said her grandfather “imposed on my father the principle that Latinos who have been given the opportunity to pursue higher education are morally obliged to advocate for the rights of the Spanish-speaking community.”

Frank studied violin at the Manhattan School of Music (as a teenager he played the first violin in a youth orchestra at Carnegie Hall) and graduated from Manhattan’s prestigious Stuyvesant High School.

He earned a Bachelor of Science degree in sociology from the City College of New York in 1951 and a law degree from St. John’s University Law School in 1955.

He took law classes at night; During the day he was an investigator and interviewer for the city’s welfare department.

In 1950 he married Yolanda Marquez Torres, who became a professor of psychology at City College.

After his death in 2013, he moved to Pittsburgh to be with his daughter Andrea Mahone, a retired teacher.

In addition to Ms. Mahon and Judge Annalisa Torres, who were nominated to a federal bench by President Barack Obama in 2013, the family has a son, Ramon; three grandchildren; and five great-grandchildren.

Another daughter, Pamela, died of leukemia at age 4; A day care center in the Bronx founded by Justice Torres and his wife was named in his memory.

After law school, Justice Torres served as assistant district attorney in the Bronx.

He was the founder of the Ponce de Leon Federal Savings Bank (known as Ponce Bank) in New York, one of the first banking institutions established specifically to serve the Hispanic population.

During his one term in the legislature (he was defeated in a re-election bid in 1964), he fought to end English literacy tests for Puerto Rican voters.

The tests were eventually banned by the Voting Rights Act of 1965.

“He was serious, worried, but soft-spoken,” said Murray Richman, the shrewd Bronx defense attorney known locally as “Don’t Worry Murray.”

He said Justice Torres was “included in every single major Hispanic group that existed in the ’60s and ’70s.”

Following his tenure in the Legislature, Justice Torres served 15 years in the New York Office of the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development, where he emerged as the Director of Civil Rights and Equal Opportunity.

Mayor Edward I. Koch appointed him to the Family Court in 1980.

He served in the criminal court as an acting Supreme Court judge and was elected to the Supreme Court in 1987. He served till 2001.

Even on the bench, Justice Torres continued to lobby for the appointment and election of more Hispanic judges.

He was instrumental in establishing what was known as the Latino Judges Association.

Carlos Cuevas, a former city clerk and friend of Justice Torres, as he was the Boy Scouts in East Harlem, said of him,

“He was concerned about the boy in the street, and whether he got a fair trial.”