06/30/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011

Study: In 50 Recent Race-Related Decisions, Sotomayor Backed Discrimination Claims 3 Times

In those 50 cases, the panel accepted the claim of race discrimination only three times. In all three cases, the panel was unanimous; in all three, it included a Republican appointee. In roughly 45, the claim was rejected. (Two were procedural dispositions.)

On the other hand, she twice was on panels reversing district court decisions agreeing with race-related claims - i.e., reversing a finding of impermissible race-based decisions. Both were criminal cases involving jury selection.

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