Do ethnic and gender diversity on the Supreme Court bench matter? Is there a conflict between a judge exercising empathy in her decisions and interpreting the Constitution? Constitutional scholars Erwin Chemerinsky and Ilya Somin debate President Obama's nomination of Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court.
Did Obama's runaway victory last November give him a strong mandate to structure the Supreme Court as he likes? Ilya Somin and Erwin Chemerinsky finish their debate.
Ilya Somin says the less empathy, the better. Erwin Chemerinsky says all judges exercise empathy, even conservative ones.
Is the focus on Sonia Sotomayor's background justified, and was President Obama right to take that into account? Erwin Chemerinsky and Ilya Somin debate.