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Answering criticisms that her heritage and gender will influence her judging, Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday that her judicial philosophy is “simple: fidelity to the law.” She spoke on the first day of a historic confirmation hearing that is likely to result in her becoming the first Hispanic justice — and third woman — on the nation’s highest court.

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