Sotomayor Quits Belizean Grove

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MARK SHERMAN | June 19, 2009 09:40 PM EST | AP

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Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor meets with Sen. Byron Dorgan, D-N.D, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, June 17, 2009. (AP Photo/Harry Hamburg)

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women's club after Republicans questioned her participation in it. Sotomayor said she resigned from the Belizean Grove to prevent the issue from becoming a distraction in her confirmation hearings.

In a letter to Democratic Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont and Republican Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the federal appeals court judge said she is convinced that the club does not practice "invidious discrimination" and that her membership in it did not violate judicial ethics.

But she said she didn't want questions about it to "distract anyone from my qualifications and record."

Federal judges are bound by a code that says they shouldn't join any organization that discriminates by race, sex, religion or nationality.

The Belizean Grove bills itself as women's answer to the 130-year-old all-male Bohemian Club in California. The club owns a 2,500-acre camping area in northern California called the Grove. Chief Justice Earl Warren belonged to the Bohemian Club beginning in the 1940s, before he joined the court and long before the federal judiciary adopted a code of conduct.

"The Belizean Grove is a constellation of influential women who are key decision makers in the profit, non-profit and social sectors; who build long term mutually beneficial relationships in order to both take charge of their own destinies and help others to do the same," the group says on its Web site. There are about 115 members, the club says.

Earlier in the week, Sotomayor defended her participation in the group, telling senators that it involves men in some of its events and that she was unaware of any man who had tried to become a member.

Sotomayor's backers noted that the court's only current woman, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, belongs to the membership-only International Women's Forum. So did former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who defended her involvement in all-women groups during her Senate confirmation hearings in 1981.

Supreme Court Justice Anthony Kennedy faced similar questions over his longtime membership in the all-male Olympic Club in San Francisco. Kennedy resigned his membership in October 1987, as he was under consideration for the high court.

Sotomayor also told the senators that the search of documents from her time as a director of a Puerto Rican advocacy group is complete.

Republicans had complained that Sotomayor initially omitted from the records she sent the Senate Judiciary Committee a report she signed urging the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (now known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF) to oppose reinstitution of the death penalty in New York in the early 1980s.

The report, which has since been provided, said, "Capital punishment is associated with evident racism in our society." It noted that African-Americans at the time made up 47 percent of death row inmates, but only 11 percent of the U.S. population.

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women's club after Republicans questioned her participation in it. Sotomayor said she resigned from the Beliz...
WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor resigned Friday from an elite all-women's club after Republicans questioned her participation in it. Sotomayor said she resigned from the Beliz...
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I'm sure someone else has already asked this, but how come men running for office or up for judicial appointment get to keep their Bohemian Club membership?

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:26 PM on 06/20/2009

Because they are all white men of privilege, asking them to give something up would be socialism!!!

Or some other equally lame excuse........

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:52 PM on 06/20/2009

i demand she quit the anti-middle age white man club,

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:04 PM on 06/20/2009

I demand that Alito quit the anti women and minorities club!

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:54 PM on 06/20/2009

I wonder did any senate members drop their KKK memeberships.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:53 PM on 06/20/2009

that is awesome! HAHAHAHA!!!!

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:25 PM on 06/20/2009

Senator Byrd did!

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:29 PM on 06/20/2009

Repocrites attacking her over this membership is laughable. GWBush moved into a neighborhood in Dallas that excluded blacks until a couple of years ago. Republicans (like McCain laughing at Boxer wanting to be addressed as Senator) still hate women in politics.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:47 PM on 06/20/2009

they are suing him to get him out of there hood!

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:57 PM on 06/20/2009

Yeah. They just passed over all those competent, highly qualified Republican hags and went for the hottie for their Vice-Presidential slot whose first question was "What does a Vice-President do every day?"

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:08 PM on 06/20/2009

Guess I can't be in Girl Scouts anymore...

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:28 PM on 06/20/2009


    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:55 PM on 06/20/2009
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George W. Bush never had to quit Skull and Bones.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:16 PM on 06/20/2009

That's because they keep their "network" a secret. Their members just "happen" to be political hotshots and captains of industry....mmmm...(oh maybe it's all just a coincidence).

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:03 PM on 06/20/2009

Did Judge Sotomayor resign from that all-women's club because she's not all-woman?

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:15 PM on 06/20/2009

Ok, approve her already. I keep losing my appetite every time I subject to pix of her hid.eous mug.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:01 PM on 06/20/2009

so she is not pretty enough to get you going? is that your argument...

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:50 PM on 06/20/2009

"she is not pretty" is an indisputable fact. Leave it at that. She's a walking case for not having cameras in the court room.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:46 PM on 06/20/2009

Yes. A woman's looks are the most important factor in evaluating her competence. And if you're middle age - what a pity. You're a hag! Now, a guy? How distinguished they look as they age. Tell us, which one of the justices or congressmen "turn you on"?

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:53 PM on 06/20/2009

well men have never don it for me... I think puerto ricans are hot! oh yeah

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:17 PM on 06/20/2009

so a supreme court justice has to be hot for your approval? and i bet that's how you got your job...NOT

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 03:47 PM on 06/20/2009

for all you enraged libs.... you only have yourselves to blame... You and the ACLU types have been screaming the sex and race card at every opportunity but are so outraged now that you have to abide by it

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:53 PM on 06/20/2009

well first of all most liberal people have read and understand the constitution and understand the the separation of powers... and the separation of church and state (we paid attention in school)... and all the other articles you damn'ed repubs' don't seem to have any principals or a over all philosophy for, you just seem to pick and choose your arguments as they suit you. repub's don't remember history or why we have the guide lines and regulations or a constitution.

(too me its like listening to a braying ass)

my empirical example: abortion, you want to ban it on the federal level yet, your cutting your nose off to spite your face, repub's wanna cut education spending, SSI and disability, you wanna take care of kids but you fail to see that these people grow up (as wards of the state) into REALLY MISGUIDED adults that you don't want to help... all you wanna do is privatize the prison industry, institutionalize the mentally and physically disabled, the socially disadvantaged, you don't want to provide health care you don't want these people to live in a house. STAY OUT OF MY BED ROOM STAY AWAY FROM MY UTERUS, QUIT TRYING TO TAKE MY RIGHTS AWAY... because all your doing is fronting your plan to be a church state. Knock it off and open your eyes and ask why the RNC makes half of a argument and leaving the other half to the wolves.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:44 PM on 06/20/2009

Nobody's outraged but Republicans - who just keep losing because they assume everybody out here is stupid.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 02:59 PM on 06/20/2009

Wondering how many OLD BOYS CLUB remain in All-Male Club?

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:48 PM on 06/20/2009

I dont like you joining all female elitist club now if you'll excuse me i'm going to meet up with my white rich friends at the polo club....NO WOMEN ALLOWED.


A*shole republicans.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:46 PM on 06/20/2009

she looks constipated.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:31 PM on 06/20/2009

Why did she resigned from an all women's club? I could see it it were excluding certain ethnic groups but that was not the case. I know she knows how gossipy the rethugs (small group of republicans who destroyed the party of Lincoln) but she could have challenged them on it and slapped them silly while using the Golf Club for Men as an example of a real separatist club which has changed it's tune and is still an ok club to join.

This is all about "white" men not wanting any other ethnic group (as if they really are one ethnic group themselves) making decisions on the highest court because they still see "other" not equal to them as being of inferior intelligence > even though they know it's not true. The old INTERNAL Apartheid system is breaking up slowing but surely and these old farts need to go out to pasture.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:29 PM on 06/20/2009

It's always seemed odd to me that all male clubs should be prohibited whereas all female clubs should be encouraged. There truly are circumstances where men hanging out with other men as well as women hanging out with other women might both be seen as simple social pleasures and not as acts of discrimination.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:28 PM on 06/20/2009

Down with the League of Women Voters!

The National Organization for Women (NOW) does accept men, however, so I hope Sotomayor joins NOW.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:36 PM on 06/20/2009

Sotomayor is going to be named to the Supreme Court.

All you Sotomayor haters probably want to avoid committing any felonies. You certainly don't want to end up in front of Justice Sotomayor.

Have a nice life.

    Reply    Favorite    Flag as abusive Posted 01:25 PM on 06/20/2009
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