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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Senator Jefferson Beauregard Sessions III distinguishes himself as Ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee

Sessions left little doubt about his priorities in yesterday's confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor, when he questioned Sotomayor about the New Haven firefighters case:

"You voted not to reconsider the prior case. You voted to stay with the decision of the circuit. And in fact, your vote was the key vote. Had you voted with Judge [Jose] Cabranes, himself of Puerto Rican ancestry, had you voted with him, you could've changed that case." [italics mine]

Sessions, himself a failed federal district court nominee, now serves on the same committee that once turned him down.

According to CQ.com:

"Sessions was serving as chief prosecutor for the Southern District of Alabama and making a name for himself through his prosecution of drug dealers when President Reagan nominated him to be a federal judge. But according to sworn statements by Justice Department lawyers, Sessions called the NAACP and the American Civil Liberties Union 'communist-inspired' and said they tried to 'force civil rights down the throats of people.'

Here's the kicker:

"Sessions reportedly said of the Ku Klux Klan that he 'used to think they’re OK' until he learned that some Klan members were 'pot smokers.'"

The question isn't whether Sotomayor is qualified to become a Supreme Court Justice but what Jeff Sessions is doing in a Senate chamber in any capacity at all.

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