Sonia Sotomayor, commenting during oral argument in the Citizens United case which challenges campaign finance restrictions on corporations:
“[Judges] created corporations as persons, gave birth to corporations as persons… There could be an argument made that that was the court’s error to start with…[imbuing] a creature of state law with human characteristics.”
That is huge. Applying individual rights to corporate entities is a legal standard that’s been the norm for almost as long as the modern western world has had them; that a judge would challenge this at a Supreme Court level, even in oral argument, is massive. There’s no other way to describe it.
Sonia Sotomayor might well be the dreaded uberliberal the Republicans were terrified of.