As the Senate hearings unfold on Judge Sonia Sotomayor's historic nomination to the Supreme Court, a nearly century-old battle over what questions can be asked and answered likely will continue with undiminished fervor. This battle triggers repeated complaints that the hearings are meaningless or useless because nominees and their supporters on the Senate Judiciary Committee use the shield of judicial ethics to fend off substantive questions by other senators. What line will Sotomayor walk during the next few days?
Sotomayor Hearing Revives Old Battle About Questioning of High Court Nominees
The National Law Journal
July 13, 2009