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Day July 14, 2009

Sotomayor: Nominee Has Followed Supreme Court Precedent On Second Amendment

Correcting The Record: Judge Sotomayor Has Consistently Followed Supreme Court Precedent When Interpreting the Second Amendment RHETORIC:  Some Republicans have suggested that Judge Sotomayor would limit individuals’ Second Amendment right to own guns and that she has failed to answer questions on this issue. Judge Sotomayor made clear today that she has faithfully applied the…


The Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act

Amendment to S.1390, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010 Summary On July 13, 2009, the Senate began consideration of S.1390, the National Defense Authorization Act for Fiscal Year 2010.  On July 15, Senator Leahy, Chairman of the Senate Committee of the Judiciary, is expected to offer the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention…


Sotomayor: Justices Recognize Their Background Can Inform Judging

Correcting The Record: Supreme Court Justices Recognize that Their Background Can Inform Their Judging, Just as Judge Sotomayor Does RHETORIC:  Today, Judiciary Committee Republicans suggested that Judge Sotomayor’s comments that her gender and ethnicity can inform how she views cases before her mean that she will not judge fairly. JUDGE SOTOMAYOR said today, “I do…


Sotomayor: Attacks On Judge Sotomayor’s Temperament Are Baseless

Correcting the Record RHETORIC:  Today, Senator Graham suggested that Judge Sotomayor has a poor judicial temperament and suggested she may be a “bully” on the bench. JUDGE SOTOMAYOR has demonstrated in this hearing her even and pleasant temperament in the face of difficult questioning. The ABA’s unanimous “well qualified” rating is the best indicator of…


Sotomayor: Association With PRLDEF Reflects Service To Community

Correcting The Record Judge Sotomayor’s Association with PRLDEF Reflects Her Service to the Community, But She Played No Role in the Organization’s Legal Briefs RHETORIC:  Today, Senator Graham suggested that the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund (PRLDEF) has taken extreme positions on many issues. JUDGE SOTOMAYOR made clear today, as others connected with…


Reid Joined By Judy Shepard To Announce The Introduction Of Hate Crimes Amendment

Washington, DC—Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid and Judy Shepard made the following statements today at a media availability to announce the introduction of the Matthew Shepard Hate Crimes Prevention Act as part of the Department of Defense Authorization Bill:   Statement From Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid:   “I am honored to stand here today…


Sotomayor: A Continued Commitment To Protect Private Property Rights

Judge Sotomayor Demonstrates a Continued Commitment to Protect Private Property Rights RHETORIC:  Today, Republicans suggested that the case of Didden v. Village of Port Chester showed that Judge Sotomayor was hostile to the rights of property owners. JUDGE SOTOMAYOR reinforced at today’s hearing that she is deeply committed to preserving private property rights, and has…


Sotomayor: Record Demonstrates Equal Treatment For All Litigants

Judge Sotomayor’s 17-Year Judicial Record Demonstrates That She is a Fair-Minded Judge Who Will Treat All Litigants Equally RHETORIC:  Today, Senator Sessions suggested, based on a few lines in speeches she has given, that Judge Sotomayor may allow prejudices to affect the way she views cases before her and may not be fair to some…


Senate Floor Schedule For Tuesday, July 14, 2009

Morning Business for 1 hour with senators permitted to speak for up to 10 minutes each. The Majority will control the first 30 minutes and the Republicans will control the next 30 minutes. Following Morning Business, the Senate will resume consideration of S.1390, the Department of Defense Authorization bill.