Eight and a half years after their battle over the fate of the 2000 presidential election, lawyers David Boies and Theodore B. Olson are now on the same team as co-counsel in a federal lawsuit that has nothing to do with hanging chads, butterfly ballots or Electoral College votes.
The duo is set on overturning Proposition 8, California’s freshly affirmed ban on same-sex marriage. Their complaint, filed last week in Federal District Court in San Francisco on behalf of two gay couples and formally announced yesterday at a news conference in Los Angeles, argues against Proposition 8 on the basis of federal constitutional guarantees of equal protection and due process. NY Times
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is sure to make for some political drama this summer as the White House gathers a team to push her through and conservative critics sharpen attacks on her past speeches and writings. Conservatives question whether she would deliver equal justice focusing on a speech Sotomayor delivered at the University of California at Berkeley law school, where she said, “I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life.” Former House Speaker Newt Gingrich on his Web site called the statement an example of “new racism.” Wall Street Journal
And check out this segment from The Rachel Maddow Show which explores other criticisms of Sotomayor by conservatives.