Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor Tells Senators She Will Follow Rule of Law

National   |   Steven Ertelt   |   Jun 2, 2009   |   9:00AM   |   WASHINGTON, DC

Supreme Court Nominee Sotomayor Tells Senators She Will Follow Rule of Law

by Steven Ertelt Editor
June 2
, 2009

Washington, DC ( — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor met with leading members of the Senate on Tuesday and reportedly confirmed that she will follow the rule of law on the high court. Potential opponents of President Barack Obama’s nominee have been concerned that she will be a judicial activist.

Sotomayor arrived on Capital Hill this morning for a meeting with leaders of both political parties, including pro-abortion Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid, who showered her with praise.

He called Sotomayor "the whole package" in an appearance before reporters and before their meeting.

Sotomayor then met with pro-abortion Sen. Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat who is the head of the Senate Judiciary Committee, which will hold hearings on her nomination.

Leahy said he addressed some of the criticism of Sotomayor with her and said he received assurances about her comments concerning the courts making policy and a comment that she would be a better judge because she is a Hispanic woman.

"What she said was of course one’s life experience shapes who you are, but ultimately and completely, and she used those words, ultimately and completely, as a judge you follow the law," Leahy said, according to an ABC news report.

The committee chairman also said he wants the panel to hold a hearing on Sotomayor’s nomination during the month of July so she could be approved and in place on the high court by October when it begins its next session.

Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, a pro-life lawmaker who is the number one Republican on the committee, he was "very impressed" with Sotomayor during their meeting but reserved his full opinion on her until after the hearings.

"We talked about the idea of personal feelings to some degree, how it would influence the decisions, how it would not," Sessions said.

Sessions declined to elaborate on his impression of her as a potential activist judge and said that Sotomayor would have a more extensive opportunity to address that criticism during questioning from the committee.

Sotomayor also had lunch with New York Democrats Chuck Schumer and Kirsten Gillibrand, both of whom are pro-abortion.

Sotomayor also had meetings scheduled with pro-abortion Majority Whip Dick Durbin, pro-life Minority Whip Jon Kyl, Sen. Orrin Hatch and pro-abortion Sen. Dianne Feinstein.

Feinstein said Tuesday she will ask Sotomayor about her views on the so-called right to privacy, a fictitious right that the Supreme Court used in Roe v. Wade to allow virtually unlimited abortions for any reason throughout pregnancy.

"I am for a woman’s right to choose, and I will ask those questions," she said.

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