Supreme Court connections at DNC

While the headliner tonight at the Democratic National Convention in Denver will be Sen. Hillary Clinton, some other speakers tonight have connections to the U.S. Supreme Court.

Lilly Ledbetter, the former tire plant worker who took her unequal pay lawsuit to the Supreme Court – which ruled in 2007 that her claim was time-barred, and that the statute of limitations was not restarted with the issuance of each unequal paycheck – will speak.

Ledbetter has appeared to speak at several hearings and events in Washington over the last year pushing for legislation that would overturn the ruling. A bill sponsored by a number of lawmakers, including Clinton, Democratic presidential nominee Sen. Barack Obama and Sen. Edward Kennedy, who spoke at the convention last night, was blocked by GOP lawmakers last year.

Also among the speakers tonight is Massachusetts Governor Deval Patrick, a longtime friend of Obama. Patrick has been repeatedly mentioned as a potential nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court is Obama were to occupy the Oval Office when the vacancy on the Court occurs.


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