July 13th, 2009
08:45 AM ET
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Sotomayor's confirmation hearing set to begin


Sotomayor's hearing is set to begin Monday.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - After weeks of meeting senators and preparing for tough questions, Sonia Sotomayor on Monday begins the formal hearings on her nomination to become the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice.

The Senate Judiciary Committee will start considering whether Sotomayor should be the 111th person to sit on the nation's highest court.

The confirmation hearings start at 10 a.m. Monday ET. If confirmed, she would be the third woman justice. Watch Sotomayor hearings on CNN.com/live

Sotomayor, 55, received a good-luck telephone call Sunday from President Obama, according to a White House statement.

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  1. RahmAxleRod SuperTroopers

    Cnn, get ready.. its time for the big PUSH..

    July 13, 2009 09:54 am at 9:54 am |
  2. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA

    Good luck Judge Sotomayor.

    July 13, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  3. ronny

    why is no one talking about the case"s she heard that were later over-turned?? does her prior mistake's not count more than the fact she is a latino female. were is the 'justice' in her case??

    July 13, 2009 09:58 am at 9:58 am |
  4. Ed, Santa Fe, NM

    and the GOP hypocrites are already foaming at the mouth

    July 13, 2009 10:03 am at 10:03 am |
  5. Doug, New Jersey

    "I would hope that a wise white male , with the richness of his experiences, would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a Latina woman who hasn't lived that life,"

    Here is everything you need to know about not only Sotomayor, congress, and Obama, but pretty much every liberal Democrat in America. You know that if a republican nominee had made this remark, he would not even make it to a confirmation hearing and every lib that is defending Sotomayor's racism and hate, would be foaming at the mouth over this guy, in fact most libs would probably want him locked up just for making this comment.

    If you are not a racist, if you want people to be judged on their charecter, not race, if you believe that hate is hate, and that it makes no difference whose mouth in comes from or who it is directed at, then it is time for you to join the other real Americans in defeating liberal Democrats and stop them from destroying our great republic. Watch, if CNN dares to post this, not one lib will take on their hateful ideology based double standards, they will just attack me for speaking the truth.

    July 13, 2009 10:06 am at 10:06 am |
  6. Helene, NC

    Here we go–good luck Justice Sotomayor.

    July 13, 2009 10:10 am at 10:10 am |
  7. Deb

    As a woman am very proud of Judge Sotomayor as the pick for the Supremem Court Justice. As a latina woman I am "over the moon".

    July 13, 2009 10:12 am at 10:12 am |
  8. GOP = Party of Hypocrisy

    It is shameful the way Repugliklans are treating Sotomayor with negative personal attacks on her character. The Repugs are ignoring her record because she has a good record. Repugs don't want anyone appointed to the Supreme Court who isn't white. Repugs know she is very well qualified and yet they continue their attacks to satisfy the far right's desire oppose non-white candidates.

    July 13, 2009 10:15 am at 10:15 am |
  9. Enough

    Let the circus begin. She will be confirmed since there is no stopping the out of control Democrats from destroying this country. The only reason this unqualified candidate is even here is Obamas constant pandering. Too bad Obama can't even pretend to be a strong leader.

    July 13, 2009 10:16 am at 10:16 am |
  10. Just a Thinker

    I wonder if Sotomayor becomes a Supreme Court Justice, if OJ will appeal his sentence since he can say his judge could not provide fair justice since she did not understand what it was like to be OJ.

    I think he statements that say the 2nd Amendment does not apply to states; judges should make policy (laws); and that she would make better decisions that a white male judge opens too many Pandora's boxes. If the 2nd Amendment does not apply to states then does te 13th? If judges should make policy why have 3 branches of government? (However, I guess we could save a lot of money by firing all 535 Senators/Congressional Members and just have 9 Justices???). If a Latina makes a better judge, does anyone with a white judge automatically get an appeal?

    I thought that justice was supposed to be blind not empathetic.

    July 13, 2009 10:17 am at 10:17 am |
  11. Fredrick from OH

    She looks older than 55. Oh well, she's fairly shady and that tends to age people.

    July 13, 2009 10:18 am at 10:18 am |
  12. Me in Big D

    I sure would hate to look at that ugly woman's mug on th e panel! Racist!

    July 13, 2009 10:24 am at 10:24 am |

    I am a college educated Democrat that believes this woman should not be confirmed. Reverse discrimination is still DISCRIMINATION. You can't better one group, by disadvantaging another. She is a racist !!! We need supreme court justices that will uphold the constitution and our nations laws. Not a judge who interprets the law her way. Plus the fact that a lot of her rulings have later been overturned. No way to Sotomayor. Obama, you can do better than her.

    July 13, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  14. lgm

    Jeff Sessions is an embarassment to the United States Senate. He can barely pronounce the words he's trying to say. And he's so clearly pandering to the religious right while trying to pretend he's being respectful to Sotomayor that it's painful to listen to. His attitude of smarminess is beyond intolerable. Perhaps he'd like to have Hitler on the Supreme Court. Or Bin Laden. What a freak! You can only hope that future Supreme Court justices will eventually have the power to make decisions that will contradict the ideas of idiots like Sessions who couldn't even manage to get appointed to an appellate court because he's such a racist pig. What a joke that this man is even on the Judiciary Committee. And now the brain trust of Wolf Blitzer has come on to echo his ideas. CNN's own brain trust at the level of Jeff Sessions...

    July 13, 2009 10:26 am at 10:26 am |
  15. elliott

    This woman is a BAD choice. Certainly there must be ANYONE else...?

    July 13, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  16. TCM

    this is a travesty of justice; trying to, and probably will succeed in installing this incompetent judge. It really reflects the moral standing of our country; but of course, that slid downhill with Obama being handed the White House. It's important that we have a female, a hispanic female....who cares if they're qualified? Such a pathetic example Obama's setting for the nation with his liberal mindset...all this "fairness," is turning us into a 3rd world nation. If you must have a hispanic, put George Lopez in there; at least he seems more level headed, and unbiased against other races.

    July 13, 2009 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  17. phonix86

    Should be interesting viewing to watch the democrats push through an unqualified candidate with cheers from the left fringe and democraps.

    July 13, 2009 10:28 am at 10:28 am |
  18. yuri

    The GOP grillin' starts now. Anger, frustration, quizzical queries, and probin' procedural processes of peakin' into her past will start greetin' Sotomayor and we hope she is up to it.

    July 13, 2009 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  19. Suc Mi Wang

    I don't know about her credentials, but she sure is coyote ugly. She will fit in nicely with Ginsburg who makes coyotes look good.

    July 13, 2009 10:30 am at 10:30 am |

    Obama and his Dems will confirm another racist who discriminates against whites.

    July 13, 2009 10:33 am at 10:33 am |
  21. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I hope her hearing is swift and fair. From all reports, it seems unlikely that the Republicans can really deny her confirmation. There are plenty of reasons why she would have been a good Republican nomination to any court; George H.W. Bush did do that.

    July 13, 2009 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  22. maria

    As a female Latina who is watching Sessions open the Sotomayor hearings, I cannot see how the GOP will be getting any Hispanic OR Female votes in any election from here on out. His comments were laced with bigoted remarks. Then at the end he said "I'm proud of you judge Sotomayor" ???????

    Did he think the electorate wouldn't notice?

    July 13, 2009 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  23. Randy, San Francisco

    Republican politicians just can't help themselves. They will alienate the fastest growing electoral population, Hispanics, by attacking the Sotomayor nomination with extreme partisanship filled with distortion and lies.

    July 13, 2009 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  24. Tony

    Why does she need to prepare for weeks????? Staged answers???? Can't she defend her own rulings????? Does she have to get the right BUZZ words???? Who pays her during this time?????

    July 13, 2009 10:53 am at 10:53 am |