Special Coverage from NPR News
PBS is providing full coverage of the Senate Confirmation Hearings for Supreme Court Nominee and Bronx native Judge Sonia Sotomayor, which began Monday, July 13, 2009. NewsHour Senior Correspondent Judy Woodruff anchors live coverage from the hearing room in the Hart Senate Office Building, with analysis from Marcia Coyle of the National Law Journal. PBS will provide gavel-to-gavel coverage of the days when Sotomayor is scheduled to testify before the committee.
Monday’s hearing included statements from each of the members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and Sotomayor’s opening statement. In Tuesday’s hearing, senators from both sides of the aisle queried Judge Sotomayor about her judicial record, including her controversial decision on racial preference in the promotion of firefighters in New Haven, Connecticut, and whether her personal feelings and her racial background affect her rulings on the bench. In Wednesday’s hearing, senators questioned Judge Sotomayor about her views on abortion, gun control, televising Supreme Court deliberations, and her controversial “wise Latina” comment.
Our live webcast of the Senate confirmation hearings concluded on Thursday, July 16 at approximately 1:30 p.m. ET. For in-depth coverage and analysis of Judge Sotomayor and the Supreme Court, please visit Supreme Court Watch at the online NewsHour.