CNN and MSNBC are reporting that President Obama will nominate 54-year-old federal appeals court judge Sonia Sotomayor to replace retiring Justice David Souter.
Sotomayor, who would become the first Hispanic member of the Court if confirmed, was appointed to the federal bench by President George H.W. Bush in 1992 and to the 2d Circuit Court of Appeals by President Clinton in 1997. She was widely considered a leading candidate when the Supreme Court vacancy was announced, but was the target of harsh criticism from mostly anonymous sources early on in the selection process.
UPDATE: Additional sourcing on the nomination can be found here. The last couple of sentences are interesting: I’d never thought of Justice Cardozo as being Hispanic; but according to the article, “some scholars contend” that he was. It would seem to be a fairly simple question to resolve, but apparently there’s some doubt.