With this week's nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor to the U.S. Supreme Court and a debate swirling around the relevance of her background to the bench, United State District Court Judge Ricardo Martinez figured he might get a few calls from local media.
Martinez is the Northwest's first Hispanic federal judge and the first Latino district judge in Washington state's history.
And yes, he said. That matters.
Martinez said he looks forward to a lively confirmation hearing.
"This partisan bickering -- I hope that that is kept to a minimum and you really are looking at the qualifications of the individual," he said.
"Ultimately all we want is someone who is going to make this country better."
Friday, May 29, 2009
"Local (Seattle) Hispanic judge explains Sotomayor's comments"