Harriger discusses Sotomayor’s impact

It’s difficult to predict the impact that Sonia Sotomayor will have on the Supreme Court, says political science Professor Katy Harriger, but with the court closely divided on issues of race, her presence could swing the balance.

“A new person with a different personality, one that appears to be considerably more assertive than Justice Souter’s, will inevitably have some impact on the group dynamics,” she says.

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