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Great Moments In Supreme Court Confirmation Hearings

From the WSJ:

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.”

“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.”

Cedarbaum agreed.

“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.

Sometimes life actually is like Annie Hall:

--Jason Zengerle

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