Most of the story lines are already set for Judge Sonia Sotomayor's hearing before the Senate Judiciary Committee, and just about all of them end with her winning confirmation as the next justice on the U.S. Supreme Court. That doesn't mean, though, that she'll have an easy time. Republicans, invoking the Senate's constitutional responsibility of "advise and consent," will ask questions designed to throw Sotomayor off balance. As the hearing unfolds over about four days, 12 themes are likely to emerge.
A Dozen Themes Frame Sotomayor Hearing
The National Law Journal
July 8, 2009