Frank RicciThe Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday rang down the curtains on Sonia Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings at the end of four days of intense questioning and some testimony. The final day was highlighted by the testimony of Frank Ricci, the New Haven firefighter who brought the case accusing the city of discrimination for not promoting any firefighters because no minority firefighers had passed a test.

Hillary Clinton at Washington CFR HQSecretary of State Hillary Clinton is not yet a member of the Council on Foreign Relations. After her July 15 speech at the CFR’s branch office in the nation’s capital, she may never be offered membership. Why? Because she frankly and unequivocally stated what CFR bigwigs have never wanted known.

White HouseBush-era Justice Department Attorney John Yoo is mad that various inspectors general have concluded that his legal memoranda on Bush-era warrantless eavesdropping have “serious factual and legal flaws.”

SotomayorAs 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.

John DemjanjukThe 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.