Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor told the Senate Judiciary Committee Monday that she has “no personal views about the death penalty that would interfere with my obligation to apply the law as a judge.”

In written responses to questions following up on a range of issues raised at her confirmation hearing last week, Sotomayor also explained her decision to resign from the all-female Belizean Grove, a networking group of professional women, shortly before her confirmation hearing last week. She said that because the club includes men in its activities and has not denied membership to a man seeking admission, she did not believe it engaged in “invidious discrimination on the basis of gender.” But, she added, “because my membership raised concerns on the part of senators considering my nomination to the Supreme Court, I resigned from the organization.”

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