Senate Judiciary Committee questioning of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor ended on a friendly note Thursday, with Republicans joining Democrats in praising her demeanor and thoughtfulness, even as GOP senators expressed frustration that she had not fully answered their concerns. Whether the cordial ending of three days of grilling will translate into more than a handful of Republican votes for Sotomayor is unclear. But confirmation seems assured, and a committee vote is likely to come before the end of July.
Cordial End to Senate Hearing Paves Way for Sotomayor Confirmation
The National Law Journal
July 17, 2009