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Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, has alluded to the influence of her Puerto Rican heritage and her gender on some of her rulings. In response, Republicans and Democrats are heatedly debating her nomination. What’s your opinion? Can judges realistically detach from their life experiences, including their cultural heritage and gender, when deciding cases? Is relying on personal experience introducing a bias? Or is personal experience an asset that will inform judicial rulings? Does your heritage or personal experience influence the decisions and judgements you make? To post comments, join our group.it’s free, and it’s easy! Click the button to the left to get started.