06/28/2009 05:12 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Sonia Sotomayor Sided With Police, Persuaded Republican Judge To Go Along With Her

What power does Sonia Sotomayor have to persuade other judges--especially conservatives--of her views? It's a question that will determine her future effectiveness at the Supreme Court, since winning there is all about counting to five votes, which for the liberals and moderate justices in the foreseeable future makes it all about wooing Justice Anthony Kennedy to be their fifth. Sotomayor will leave a far deeper imprint on the court if she can convince Kennedy or another conservative that she's right in cases she cares about. So what does her record suggest about how good she is at the fine art of persuasion?

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