- The Washington Times - Tuesday, July 14, 2009

ANALYSIS/OPINION:

Your editorial “Sotomayor’s secret files” (Opinion, Friday) suggested that meeting minutes from Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s time on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, now known as LatinoJustice PRLDEF, have been suppressed.

Here are the facts: Judge Sotomayor served on our board from 1980 to 1992. All documents from the organization’s inception in 1972 through 1987 are archived at Hunter College in New York City. Those archives are open to the public.

All relevant documents from the period 1987 through 1992 (the year Judge Sotomayor resigned from the board to take her appointment to the federal bench) are posted on the Web site of the Senate Judiciary Committee: https://judiciary.senate.gov/nominations/SupremeCourt/Sotomayor/SoniaSotomayor-Letters.cfm. Documents 1, 5-14, 21, 23-25, 28-30, 32, 41-42, 45-47, and 50 contain meeting minutes, agendas and attendance records covering the period 1987-92.

These documents were produced on July 3 in response to a bipartisan request made directly to LatinoJustice PRLDEF by the Senate Judiciary Committee — a request with which we have complied fully and in a timely fashion.

Anyone can view the “secret” meeting minutes, including the editorial board of The Washington Times.

DAVID ARROYO

Chairman

LatinoJustice PRLDEF

New York City

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