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Sotomayor: Guns, death penalty

Roll Call reports, "Judiciary ranking member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.)

sounded a new GOP alarm Wednesday about Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor, arguing that if installed she could put Second Amendment rights at risk. The nominee's track record on the issue 'is fairly scant, but we do know that Judge Sotomayor has twice said that the Second Amendment does not give you and me a fundamental right,' Sessions warned."

The New York Times examines Sotomayor's record on the death penalty.

"Sen. Arlen Specter (D-Pa.), a former chairman of the Senate Judiciary Committee, said Wednesday he plans to press Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to allow cameras inside the nation's highest courtroom. Specter, who is still a committee member although with less seniority since converting to the Democratic Party this year, told The Hill he is sending a letter to Sotomayor after personally raising the issue in a private meeting. 'I hope to do it tomorrow, on the issue of televising the Supreme Court proceedings,' Specter said. 'If I get it done, I'll go to the (Senate) floor and talk about it… She's the first one who I know has had experience with her courtroom being televised, so she'll have some special insights.'"