Mixed bag for America's Latina judges this week.
The Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor, placing a woman of Puerto Rican descent on the United States Supreme Court. Soon-to-be-Justice Sotomayor consequently will resign her Article III commission as a judge of the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and begin to interpret the Constitution for litigants and the public.
Paula Abdul*, meanwhile, announced that she would depart her position as judge for American Idol, forcing Americans to choose among fungible, vapid voices without her. Fox announced it would attempt to fill the intellectual void with the likes of Posh Spice and the "I Kissed A Girl" chick.
* Her father was raised in Brazil and she was married to Emilio Estevez.