Sens. Praise, Rebuke Sotomayor On Day 1 Of Hearing

Law360, New York (July 10, 2009, 12:00 AM EDT) -- Judge Sonia Sotomayor pledged “fidelity to the law” as a U.S. Supreme Court justice, on the first day of her confirmation hearing in the U.S. Senate, a five-hour session marked by repeated references by lawmakers to her “wise Latina woman” remark, the ejection of several anti-abortion protesters and not a single question directed to the nominee.

During her brief opening statement, Judge Sotomayor said that her record showed she had a “rigorous commitment” to interpreting the U.S. Constitution and legal statutes on their terms and hewing...
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