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Sotomayor: Graham's criticisms

The Washington Post looks at Sonia Sotomayor's early career as a prosecutor. "The five years Sotomayor spent in the Manhattan district attorney's office, say several friends and colleagues, shaped her as a criminal prosecutor and helped form her worldview as a judge. The experience, combined with her later years as a trial judge, would make her unique among her new colleagues at the Supreme Court should she be confirmed and would bring a firsthand exposure to the court's consideration of criminal procedure and sentencing."

"Sotomayor - who made her first series of courtesy calls yesterday to Senate leaders and members of the Senate Judiciary Committee and has more scheduled today - won plaudits for what senators in both parties described as her intellect and energy," The Boston Globe writes. "But while Democrats urged swift confirmation of the woman who would become the high court's first Hispanic justice, Republicans said they want more time to review Sotomayor's 17 years as a federal judge and more of an explanation of her views on equality under the law."

Roll Call:

"Sen. Lindsey Graham (S.C.) has emerged as the GOP's leading critic of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, arguing that Republican Senate opposition to her installment should be expected given how President Barack Obama treated former President George W. Bush's high court picks… Although Graham said he would not use the word racist to describe Sotomayor, he indicated that her past statements raise concerns that, as a Supreme Court justice, she may not treat white males fairly. 'Being an average, everyday white guy, that doesn't exactly make me feel good,' Graham said."