Have been slow to voice an opinion re. Sotomayor selection/appointment, and that hasn't changed quite yet. Still weighing the pros and cons. So, when I came upon this piece from her resume, I decided that I need some input. It would be greatly appreciated. Sotomayor has decided that the Bill of Rights does not apply to the states by Vincent Gioia If you thought the Bill of Rights gives you constitutional protection for freedom of speech, of religion and a free press; you are wrong according to Obama Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor. The likely newest member of the high Court decided that all these rights guaranteed by the first Ten Amendments which make up the Bill of Rights can now all be taken away from us at the whim of our state legislatures - who would have imagined. (snipped) Sotomayor was on a panel of the Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit which issued an unsigned opinion dismissing a challenge to a New York law that banned a martial arts weapon despite the earlier Supreme Court ruling in Heller v District of Columbia which struck down a ban on handguns and said individuals have the right to keep arms at home for self defense. But the panel on which Sotomayor served said in the case of Maloney v. Cuomo that it was clear from the Supreme Court precedent that the Second Amendment could be applied only to the federal government, or in a federal enclave such as Washington. It said the Supreme Court has "the prerogative of overruling its own decisions." The issue raises the question of whether the Bill of Rights applies to state and local governments. Lawyers challenging gun restrictions and legal scholars contend that they do, through the due-process clause of the 14th Amendment. And that was the finding of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 9th Circuit earlier this year. The Supreme Court's 5 to 4 decision last year in the Heller case decided for the first time that the Second Amendment provided an individual right to bear arms. If the 2nd can be said to not apply to the states and local governments, then why should the other rights spelled out in the Bill of Rights apply? Great American Journal: Sotomayor has decided that the Bill of Rights does not apply to the states Damned good question. Anyone have as good an answer?