July 14th, 2009
10:05 AM ET
10 years ago

Sotomayor talks court's 'limited jurisdiction'

Judge Sonia Sotomayor kicked off the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday.

Judge Sonia Sotomayor kicked off the second day of her Supreme Court confirmation hearings Tuesday.

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.


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  1. vernah petersen

    Judge Sotomayor on second day confirmation is definately will come up a better response to different issue dealing the groups of ten judges in the congress to measure her capacity, dealing the facts in legallity. Would she be a great judge in minority selection the answer, is until she is in the final senate confirmation, answers all questions that is needed to address. It is a top one too, but she will over come to it. Not because she is a smart cooky, she was serving in the bench.

    July 14, 2009 11:43 am at 11:43 am |
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