Senators to vote ‘no’ on Sotomayor

Washington — Both of Mississippi’s Republican U.S. senators, Roger Wicker and Thad Cochran, both are opposing Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court.

In part, Wicker said: “After careful consideration of her record and judicial philosophy, I have concluded I will vote against her nomination.

“In refusing to confirm that the Second Amendment is a fundamental right that applies to all 50 states, and thus, all Americans, Judge Sotomayor shows an alarming hostility toward law-abiding gun owners across the country. This is a view that is certainly out of the mainstream in Mississippi, and I believe across the rest of the nation.

“I am also troubled by what I see as Judge Sotomayor’s aversion to impartiality. She appears to believe in a legal system where decisions are based upon personal experiences and group preferences, not the letter of the law. Her record is that of someone who sees the courtroom as a place to legislate and make policy. This kind of judicial activism has no place in any court, particularly the Supreme Court.

In a speech before the Senate, Cochran discussed an evolving standard for evaluating judicial nominees, as well as his support for Sotomayor’s elevation to the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in 1998.

However, said Sotomayor’s statements since joining the federal bench, her responses during her recent Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearings and the seriousness of a berth on the U.S. Supreme Court leads him to oppose her confirmation.

“Some of Judge Sotomayor’s statements during the last decade have given me reason to question her fidelity to equal justice,” Cochran said. “And, unlike the federal Circuit Court where she has served since 1998, a justice on the Supreme Court is not bound by existing legal precedent. If confirmed, there would be no higher court to deter Judge Sotomayor from making decisions that would become the binding law of the land. For these reasons, I intend to oppose her nomination.”

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