Ouch! He Deserved it to, the old racist Bastard. Sotomayor Challenge Blows Up in Sessions' Face
This whole process makes a mockery of our system. It is all for the cameras. Judge Sotomayor visited privately with 89 of the 100 senators. It would seem to me that they would have had enough time to ask their questions in a timely manner before now. This is nothing but a show for the cameras and a stroking of oversized senate egos.
And the American people are not amused.
Sotomayor Surprises Sessions
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), seeking to discredit Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s judicial philosophy, cited her 2001 “wise Latina” speech, and contrasted the view that ethnicity and sex influence judging with that of Judge Miriam Cedarbaum, who “believes that judges must transcend their personal sympathies and prejudices.”
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R., Ala.), ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, questions Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, during her confirmation hearing before the committee Tuesday. Sen. Orrin Hatch (R., Utah) is at left.
“So I would just say to you, I believe in Judge Cedarbaum’s formulation,” Sessions told Sotomayor.
“My friend Judge Cedarbaum is here,” Sotomayor riposted, to Sessions’ apparent surprise. “We are good friends, and I believe that we both approach judging in the same way, which is looking at the facts of each individual case and applying the law to those facts.”
“I don’t believe for a minute that there are any differences in our approach to judging, and her personal predilections have no effect on her approach to judging,” she told Washington Wire. “We’d both like to see more women on the courts,” she added.
Cedarbaum, a pioneering woman lawyer who graduated from Columbia Law School in 1953, goes way back with both participants in the colloquy. Cedarbaum mentored Sotomayor after she joined the federal district court in Manhattan in 1992, and they have been close friends ever since.
In 1986, Cedarbaum and Sessions were both nominated to the federal bench by President Ronald Reagan, and were members of the same orientation class for future judges. Their paths then diverged, however. Cedarbaum was confirmed, but Sessions nomination floundered over a controversy surrounding comments he made involving the Ku Klux Klan and the NAACP. LinkHere
Isn't it amazing that a man who is not qualified to sit on the Federal bench is criticizing a woman who has reached the height of her profession.
Too bad they don't have review and qualifications for Senators like they do for Federal judges.
Sessions would have failed that also.
None of the arguments that these Republican Senators are going to hold water. Here is a great analysis of the New Haven Firefighters case, as Justice Ginsburg saw it in her dissenting opinion.
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