Should Felons Vote?

Supreme Court justice-in-waiting Sonia Sotomayor, in an erudite four paragraph opinion, says convicted felons can vote.

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor is an advocate of allowing felons to vote. “Advocate” is a loaded word when referring to a judge, and with good reason. Judges are not supposed to allow their personal preferences influence their interpretation of the law and the facts at issue in a given case. But their really is no other way to describe Sotomayor’s dissenting opinion in Hayden v. Pataki, a case brought by inmates in New York State under the federal Voting Rights Act.

Click through for the text of her opinion.


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