Hutchison meets with Sotomayor

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison met with Obama Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor briefly yesterday to discuss the judge’s views of the judiciary and several other legality “hot topics.”  Following the meeting, Hutchison said she remains concerned about the judge’s stance on gun rights.

“I asked questions in areas of concern that I have which would be the Second Amendment and the Ricci case, and she wasn’t able to answer those because they will be issues that will eventually get to the Supreme Court, so I respect that,” Hutchison said.

The Ricci case involves complaints by white firefighters in New Haven, Conn., that they were discriminated against based on their race.

This meeting followed one with our other U.S. senator, John Cornyn late last week.  Cornyn came out of that meeting saying he promised Sotomayor “a fair and dignified process” which Republicans felt they did not get with some judicial nominations, such as Miguel Estrada, who Senate Democrats blocked to the U.S. Court of Appeals for D.C. Circuit.  Cornyn said he, too, is trouble by Sotomayor’s Second Amendment stance.

For a selected list of Sotomayor’s rulings, divided by category, click here.  Categories include racial discrimination, Second Amendment, and workplace discrimination.

Hutchison also penned an op-ed recently that further details her analysis of Sotomayor and the Second Amendment.  An excerpt:

As I review Judge Sotomayor’s record, one of the issues I will consider is her demonstrated stance on the Second Amendment. I am a staunch supporter of the right to keep and bear arms, and I firmly believe that the framers intended this right for the individual. This opinion was upheld by the Supreme Court last year in the case of District of Columbia v. Heller. It is critical that the Second Amendment continue to be protected as an individual right so that no state, city, or the federal government, may ever infringe on this liberty.

Sotomayor’s appearance before the Senate is set to begin July 13.


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