Confirmation Hearings begin

Supreme Court nominee <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT0000016163" title="Sonia Sotomayor" href="/topic/crime-law-justice/justice-system/sonia-sotomayor-PEPLT0000016163.topic">Judge Sonia Sotomayor</a> makes her opening statement during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PLGEO100101200000000" title="Washington, DC" href="/topic/us/washington-dc-PLGEO100101200000000.topic">Washington, DC</a>. Sotomayor, an appeals court judge and U.S. <a class="taxInlineTagLink" id="PEPLT007408" title="Barack Obama" href="/topic/politics/government/barack-obama-PEPLT007408.topic">President Barack Obama</a>’s first Supreme Court nominee, will become the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court if confirmed.
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( Getty photo by Alex Wong / July 13, 2009 )

Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor makes her opening statement during her confirmation hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee in Washington, DC. Sotomayor, an appeals court judge and U.S. President Barack Obama’s first Supreme Court nominee, will become the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court if confirmed.

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