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Thursday, July 16, 2009
David Cone on Judge Sotomayor

Former MLB pitcher David Cone testified today before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the nominate of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. The video of the full day can be found on the Committee Website. Cone's statement, discussing Sotomayor's decision in the 1995 baseball labor dispute that essentially ended the 1994 strike (and, in Cone's words, "saved baseball") begins at 461:30.

I would argue that calling Cone to testify was wrong for the same reason I thought it was wrong to call New Haven firefighter Frank Ricci to testify. Successful or unsuccessful litigants cannot really tell us anything meaningful about the judge's legal ability or qualifications to be on a higher court. Cone thinks Sotomayor is great because she agreed with the players' union's claims; Ricci not so much, because she disagreed with his claims.


So why are they called to testify? Why is it that the opinion of celebrities/pro-athletes seems to hold more clout than an opinion should on matters that are out of there areas of expertise?

Blogger Michelle -- 7/16/2009 10:24 PM  

By there I mean their...

Blogger 1568lavertm -- 7/16/2009 10:28 PM  

I believe Cone's main point was that Sotomayor did, as a district court judge, what mediators, congress, and even the president of the US could not do, which was force both sides back to the table with clear rules on what was legal or not, and that there has not been a strike or lockout since.

Anonymous Anonymous -- 7/17/2009 9:58 AM  

I agree with you 100% just reading the facts of the case and her decision ought to be enough rather than asking people who obviously are going to be bias one way or the other.



Blogger Mikethelawstudent -- 7/20/2009 3:07 PM  

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