WASHINGTON (CNN) – Judge Sonia Sotomayor kicked off the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday telling members of the Senate Judiciary Committee she is guided by a "full appreciation" of the limited jurisdiction of the court system, but of its importance as well.
Central to judging, she argued, is the need to keep an open mind, examine only the relevant facts for each case, and then make a "decision that is limited to what the law says."
"The law is not legal theory," she argued. "It's facts."
Sotomayor made her remarks in response to a question from Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vermont, the chairman of the committee.