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O'Connor, Sandra (nee Day)

Born: 1930 AD
Currently alive, at 84 years of age.

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US jurist and Republican politician

 

member of Arizona senate 1969-1974

 

majority leader of Arizona senate 1973-1974 (1st female state senate majority leader in US)

 

judge on Maricopa County Superior Court 1974-1979

 

judge on Arizona Court of Appeals 1979-1981

 

Supreme Court justice 1981-- (1st female justice)

 

wrote decisions for Shaw v. Reno 1993 (5-4, racially drawn North Carolina district is unconstitutional because of "bizarre shape"), Adarand Constructors v. Pena 1995 (5-4, federal affirmative action programs are "presumably unconstitutional" unless "narrowly tailored" to achieve "compelling national interest"), Libretti v. US 1995 (8-1, forfeiture of property as part of guilty plea settlement is not entitled to review by federal judge), National Endowment for the Arts v. Finley 1998 (8-1, decency test for awarding of federal arts grants is merely advisory and therefore does not constitute viewpoint discrimination)


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