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Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Bleeding Heartland: Grassley lectures Sotomayor on judge's role

Excerpted from this post at Bleeding Heartland

The Senate Judiciary Committee began Judge Sonia Sotomayor's
confirmation hearings today, and Radio Iowa has Senator Chuck
Grassley's opening statement. He gave quite the lecture about
"judicial restraint" as opposed to "President Obama's 'empathy'
standard." ... Notice how Grassley quotes from Judge Sotomayor's
speeches rather than from the more than 3,000 rulings she has written
or joined. That's typical of Sotomayor's critics. They refuse to
acknowledge, for example, that in nearly 100 race-related cases she
has not shown unusual sympathy for litigants claiming discrimination.
I don't remember Grassley raising similar concern about Justice Sam
Alito's empathy, even though Alito acknowledged during his
confirmation hearings that he thinks about his own family's
experiences when considering immigration or discrimination cases.

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