As we entered day three of the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings, what should we have expected? Predictability, for sure. Yesterday Sotomayor labored to parry allegations that her “wise Latina” remark is evidence that she would allow her personal background to affect her decisions on the court.
The U.S. Justice Department may indeed get their man this time even if justice is tossed out the window. Retired auto worker John Demjanjuk has been deported to Germany where he will be charged — this time — with complicity in Nazi crimes at Poland’s Sobibor concentration camp. Why emphasize “this time”? Well, the now 89-year-old Ohioan was put through several legal wringers beginning 30 years ago because he was supposed to be “Ivan the Terrible,” the sadistic prison guard from Treblinka, a completely different camp. Turns out he wasn’t Ivan after all.
As Sonia Sotomayor faces tough questions about her stance on the volatile abortion issue, pro-life protesters have made their presence known. Earlier today, Norma McCorvey, the former 'Jane Roe,' was one of four people arrested just outside the confirmation hearings.
Today Sonia Sotomayor begins what will likely be a tough confirmation process. The Senate Judiciary Committee will decide this week whether Sotomayor will become the 111th person to have a lifetime appointment on this nation's highest court and the first Hispanic to reach that pinnacle. She would be replacing the retiring David Souter.
Seven Democratic members of Congress recently penned a strong letter to CIA Director Leon Panetta asking him to apologize for claiming back in May that the CIA didn't lie to Congress. Panetta had written in May: “Let me be clear: It is not our policy or practice to mislead Congress. That is against our laws and values.” Panetta’s claim was false. Last week, Panetta informed House Intelligence Committee members for the first time of an intelligence program that had existed since 2001.