Stephen Halbrook Testifies Against Sotomayor for Supreme Court
By David Theroux on Jul 17, 2009 in Civil Liberties, Constitution, Law,
Natural Law, Personal Liberty, Politics, Surveillance, The State, Urban
Independent Institute Research Fellow Stephen P. Halbrook testified today
before the Senate Judiciary Committee against the confirmation of Sonia
Sotomayor for Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. In his testimony,
Dr. Halbrook noted that:
Legitimate concerns exist about the selection of Judge Sonia Sotomayor for
Justice on the U.S. Supreme Court with regard to the interests of the tens
of millions of Americans who exercise Second Amendment rights. As an
appellate judge, she participated in rendering decisions which expressed
little regard for the constitutional right of the people to keep and bear
His testimony reviews in depth various cases in which she has been involved
and concludes that "Judge Sotomayor adhered to two per curiam decisions
which gave short shrift to Second Amendment rights."
The Independent Institute's recent book by Dr. Halbrook, The Founders'
Second Amendment: Origins of the Right to Bear Arms, formed the basis for
his Amici Curiae Brief on behalf of 55 members of the Senate, the Senate
President, and 250 members of the House of Representatives, in the
successful, landmark, 2008 case of District of Columbia v. Heller before the
U.S. Supreme Court.