Sonia Sotomayor Grilling

July 19, 2009Santosh 2 Comments »

The U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee has begun a public confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor to take a seat on the U.S. Supreme Court, which would make her the court’s first Hispanic justice. Sotomayor was nominated by President Barack Obama. Republican senators began their attacks on Judge Sonia Sotomayor last week. The grilling by the Senate Judiciary Committee usually continues for days touching upon various subjects including gun rights, antitrust cases, abortion, affirmative action and so on.

Here are some details of the hearing plan:
Day1: The 19-member Senate Judiciary Committee will begin its hearing. Each of the 12 Democrats and seven Republicans on the committee will be allowed opening statements up to 10 minutes.
Day2: The hearing resumes with questioning of the nominee. Each senator will be allotted 30 minutes for this first round of examination.
Day3: The hearing resumes. he first round of questions is expected to be completed by mid-day, at which time the committee will move into closed-door session with Sotomayor to discuss her FBI background review. After a lunch break, the committee will resume open session  and will begin the second round of questions. This time, each senator will be allotted 20 minutes.
Day4: The hearing will resume. If the committee has not completed its second round of questioning it likely will do so on Thursday. Some senators may request additional time. Then they will hear from outside witnesses.

After the hearing concludes, committee members are typically given a week to submit written questions. After Sotomayor answers them, the committee will vote whether to recommend her for confirmation by the full Senate. After at least a few days of debate, the Democratic-led Senate will vote on  Sotomayor. Questioning was expected to continue for several more days. A vote on confirmation could come by the end of the month.

Here is what I am confused about..
A room full of people spend lot of tax payer’s money to go over someone’s views and to find out where they stand on key issues. And all this continues for days, even weeks if you consider the complete process start to end. This also gets lot of media attention with bunch of network television channels  broadcasting the news and/or hearing coverage most of the day. Now, correct me if I got this all wrong, but isn’t it true that they don’t really have a ‘choice’ here ? All they are doing is grilling  ONE candidate which they will eventually confirm ? So why not start with at least   2 or may be 3 candidates, grill all of them (as much as you want) and choose a best one ? At least that adds some value. What’s the point in grilling just one person who will be nominated at the end anyway ?

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2 Responses to this entry

  • Nicole Says:

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor should read the BILL OF RIGHTS to the Constitution of the United Statws of America. There haepnps to be a statement that is reads And These Rights Shall Not Be Infringed which means that no Government agenct has the right to change these rights given and guaranteed to the citizens of these United States, without their permission and that is by a majority of the popular Vote.So before these Anti-Gunners and their Judges try to take my Guns away, They had better have a constitutional right which at this point they don’t.Feinstein, Schummer, Kennedy, Sotomayor, Braidy, and any other crazy idiot who thinks by taking guns away from honest citizens will stop crime , murder, roberies, rapes, I just hope the are the first to be approched by a CRIMINAL who has not and will not turn in his gun by the mear fact that he/she is a CRIMINAL I want to see how quickly they change their minds on the subject. (Probably not as quickly as they fill their britches).

  • Hide Says:

    Judge Sonia Sotomayor should read the BILL OF RIGHTS to the Constitution of the United Statws of America. There hpneaps to be a statement that is reads And These Rights Shall Not Be Infringed which means that no Government agenct has the right to change these rights given and guaranteed to the citizens of these United States, without their permission and that is by a majority of the popular Vote.So before these Anti-Gunners and their Judges try to take my Guns away, They had better have a constitutional right which at this point they don’t.Feinstein, Schummer, Kennedy, Sotomayor, Braidy, and any other crazy idiot who thinks by taking guns away from honest citizens will stop crime , murder, roberies, rapes, I just hope the are the first to be approched by a CRIMINAL who has not and will not turn in his gun by the mear fact that he/she is a CRIMINAL I want to see how quickly they change their minds on the subject. (Probably not as quickly as they fill their britches).

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