Elena Kagan is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court Thursday. (PHOTO CREDIT: Getty Images/File)
Washington (CNN) - Elena Kagan is expected to be confirmed as the 112th justice to the Supreme Court Thursday and could be sworn into her judicial post by week's end.
On Wednesday, the influential Mexican American Legal Defense Fund decided not to endorse the 50-year-old solicitor general and to remain "neutral."
"This rare decision comes because Kagan's record as an attorney is too ambiguous for MALDEF to make an informed determination about her current knowledge and potential understanding of Latino legal concerns," the group's president, Thomas Saenz, wrote in a commentary written for the online news Website the Huffington Post.
The group, founded in 1968, is a national non-profit civil rights organization focusing on Latino issues.
Five Republicans have so far signaled their intention to vote for Kagan, meaning conservatives don't have the strength in numbers to delay the proceedings with a filibuster.