One of the top names being mentioned to replace Souter is Sonia Sotomayor. She is a justice on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, is best known for agreeing with labor in the Major League Baseball strike of 1995. Sotomayor is “one of the nation's most prominent Hispanic judges” according to one law magazine. Her detractors consider her as a bully and not too bright though one former colleague wrote that she’s “entitled to be judged on the merits against a very strong pool of prospective nominees" instead of being smeared.
Despite the hoopla around Sotomayor, perhaps Obama has his eye set on another Latino judge. District Judge Ruben Castillo recently made Salon.com's top 10 list of prospects for the high court. According to the AP, another Latino justice is reportedly on the presidential shortlist:
Among those under consideration are Solicitor General Elena Kagan, Michigan Gov. Jennifer Granholm, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and U.S. Appeals Court judges Sonia Sotomayor and Diane Pamela Wood. California Supreme Court Justice Carlos Moreno is also under review by Obama…Image- cbs2.com
Most of the people confirmed as under consideration have been mentioned frequently as potential candidates. Moreno — the sole man on the known group of top candidates — is the newest name to emerge.
Online Sources- Hispanic Business, National Journal, Think Progress, The Hill, The Latin Americanist, sun-times.com, AP, BBC News