When Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor was an assistant district attorney under Robert Morgenthau in Manhattan, she had a reputation for being tough, overly well prepared, and compassionate. She also had a reputation for causing entire juries to burst into hysterical tears. According to a fellow prosecutor on the case of the (extremely frightening-sounding) “Tarzan Murderer,” her direct questioning of a victim’s sister had a whole panel sobbing, and according to a supervisor, she managed to unleash the waterworks during a landmark child-pornography case. This sort of explains why a handful of those lawyers who’d argued before her when she was a judge came out to report that her questioning from the bench is so tough. They were clearly embarrassed because she’d made them cry.
“We have 90 percent of the bill agreed to and written. We just have some of the last decisions to be made.”