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    GOP Senator: Will Race Infect Sotomayor Rulings?

    GOP senator: Will race infect Sotomayor rulings?
    Associated Press Writer

    WASHINGTON — A top Republican senator said Monday that he wants to find out whether Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor would let racial bias affect her decisions as a justice.

    Sen. Jeff Sessions of Alabama, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, said he assumes Sotomayor understood and supported the stance of a civil rights group she advised in the 1980s that brought several race discrimination lawsuits for minorities who challenged jobs or promotions given to white employees.

    "It raises questions about, is that her philosophy, and is she going to carry that to the courts and apply it even if the law does not support it?" Sessions told Fox News.

    If confirmed, Sotomayor would be the first Hispanic to serve on the high court. She was on the board of the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund from 1980 until 1992, while the organization represented Puerto Ricans and other minorities in employment, education and housing discrimination cases, among others.

    Sotomayor held leadership roles on the board, including on its litigation committee, in charge of setting broad goals and strategy for its legal activities, according to group officials and documents it sent the Senate.

    Sessions charged that Sotomayor supervised the lawyers who brought the racial bias cases, although there's no evidence in the voluminous batch of files the group gave the judiciary panel that she did so, or that she had any direct role in lawsuits. Now the Republican said Sotomayor must tell senators whether that work will taint her rulings.

    The Alabaman said he also wants to know whether "that prior history of advocacy infected (Sotomayor's) decision" as an appeals court judge last year to rule against white firefighters in New Haven. The firefighters alleged reverse discrimination after the city scrapped results of a promotion test because too few minorities scored highly enough to qualify. The Supreme Court overturned that ruling last week.

    Sessions' latest salvo came as the Democratic chairman of the Judiciary panel, Sen. Patrick Leahy of Vermont, officially set the start of Sotomayor's confirmation hearings for the morning of July 13.

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    Here we go again! Has any congressman or their staffs had time to look into her rulings? Probably not and they are expected to start asking her questions next week. It equals a political game that goes on as usual.
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    Two Racists.

    She fits perfectly into the Obama agenda................they both hate white people and it shows.

    I haven't seen Lou Dobbs for awhile, he has been an advocate for the American people for years so I hope this is just a temporary situation.

    Personally, I am sick of Michael Jackson, I'm much more interested in the Cap and Enslave Tax that they pushed through the house. This is what the American people should be getting emotional about now.
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    I hope that Senator Sessions is able to hold his ground in these hearings.
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