Politics & Government

July 12, 2009 6:00 AM

Sotomayor, tough-minded yet true to her roots, defies simple labeling

Sonia Sotomayor is a groundbreaking nominee for the Supreme Court who defies easy pigeonholing. She's a tough-minded former prosecutor who's denounced the death penalty. She's a product of South Bronx public housing who excelled in the Ivy League. She's fiercely proud of her Latino heritage but has both challenged and embraced racial discrimination claims. Starting Monday, her confirmation hearing will give lawmakers and the world a crack at the question: Just who is Sonia Sotomayor?

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