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Monday, July 13, 2009

Did Sonia Sotomayor's "mentor" at Yale provide her with cocaine?

Internet Powerhouse Andy Martin was born in Connecticut and is familiar with the "players" in the sordid drama of "Cocaine Cabranes" and his Puerto Rican students at Yale University. Martin suggests that Sotomayor, a married student at the time, may have been compromised by José Cabranes.

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(WASHINGTON, DC)(July 13, 2009) The U. S. Senate should explore the relationship between Sonia Sotomayor and her "demented mentor" Judge José Cabranes. "Cocaine Cabranes" may have plied Sotomayor with cocaine at Yale University and been the cause of the breakup of Sotomayor's marriage.

Cabranes has sought to portray himself as a paterfamilias of Puerto Ricans at Yale and in New York:

But the "back story" involving Cabranes and Sotomayor may be even more interesting than the mainstream media's whitewashed presentation.

"Joe" Cabranes was one of the great racial hucksters of his generation, promoting himself as "José" in public while living an Anglo double life in private as plain old "Joe." Cabranes also led a dual life on the streets of El Barrio in New York, where he regularly returned, and at Yale, where his marital infidelities and drug use were legendary.

Cabranes undoubtedly has a first rate intellect. But the inferiority complex engendered by being the son of Manny Cabranes, a radical, proto-communist labor "syndicalist," left indelible scars on José's psyche.

As a federal judge in Connecticut, Cabranes was despised by both colleagues and court staff.

[Full disclosure: I encountered Cabranes in the 1980's. Many days he was incoherent in court, apparently coming off a drug high the night before. Cabranes was notoriously indifferent to and abusive of the court staff. also has FBI records that document wholesale violations of federal law by "Cocaine" Cabranes. I believe, but cannot prove, that Cabranes may have participated in the fatal drug overdose of a lover. Yale University and the surrounding community is one of the sickest and most incestuous academic societies in America. Because I taught college in the Bronx, I came to have a special knowledge of and sensitivity to El Barrio, Cabranes, Sotomayor and the others who profited from affirmative action in the 1970's and 80's.]

What was a poseur and rake of Cabranes' legendary status doing "mentoring" a married woman during his days as a Yale attorney? (Sotomayor was married in 1976 and went to Yale as a married woman.)

Having Cabranes as a "mentor" would expose any impressionable young woman, even a married one, to extreme conflicts, particularly if she came from El Barrio. If indeed Sotomayor did use cocaine in conjunction with Cabranes, that use would have been extremely high-risk behavior given her medical situation. Sotomayor continued to smoke well into adulthood despite her illness.

I don't doubt that Sonia Sotomayor is also a highly intelligent person. But there are a lot of highly intelligent attorneys out there. Other than playing racial politics, and payback to a significant voting group, Sotomayor does not have any visible qualifications to be rewarded with appointment to the Supreme Court.

In the "Secret Life of Sonia Sotomayor, Part I," we analyzed Sotomayor's ambiguous social life and the serious questions raised by her peculiar martial status. Since we published Part One, the New York Times has provided additional reporting that tended to confirm our original concerns and conclusions.

Sadly, the hearings that begin in Washington today are likely to bogged down by conservative "Guerilla Theater," seeking to pinpoint Sotomayor's views on controversial issues. But it is Sotomayor's psyche and her relationship with her "demented mentor" Cabranes that raise the most serious questions about her fitness to sit on the Supreme Court.

Committee Staff for the Senate Judiciary Committee should be charged with undertaking an extensive study of the relationship between Cocaine Cabranes and Sonia Sotomayor during the 1970's and 80's.

Ultimately, like her "mentor" Cabranes, Sonia Sotomayor is a deeply conflicted woman. If she is confirmed, she is probably going to disappoint Democrats and delight Republicans. Thus, the drama over her confirmation has a hollow air to it.

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