Judge Sonia Sotomayor is well known for having a sharp tongue. Some lawyers describe her as “difficult” and “nasty." Here is a sample from the New York Times:
WASHINGTON — Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Obama’s Supreme Court nominee, has a blunt and even testy side, and it was on display in December at an argument before the full federal appeals court in New York. The case concerned a Canadian man who said American officials had sent him to Syria to be tortured, and Judge Sotomayor peppered a government lawyer with skeptical questions.
“So the minute the executive raises the specter of foreign policy, national security,” Judge Sotomayor asked the lawyer, Jonathan F. Cohn, “it is the government’s position that that is a license to torture anyone?”
Mr. Cohn managed to get out two and a half words: “No, your hon — .”
Judge Sotomayor cut him off, then hit him with two more questions and a flat declaration of what she said was his position.