Sotomayor tells Judiciary Committee her rulings were driven by the law, not personal belief

Sotomayor says the law, not beliefs, drove rulings

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor has told the Senate Judiciary Committee that the law, not her personal and professional experiences, has driven her rulings as a judge.

In her opening statement Monday, Sotomayor said she forms her rulings “by setting out what the law requires and then by explaining why a contrary position, sympathetic or not, is accepted or rejected.”

She seemed to be directly answering concerns raised by Republicans who say she might let her own emotions and opinions drive her rulings. They have repeatedly cited a speech in which she said a “wise Latina” woman might be better able than a white man to issue rulings because of her life’s experiences.

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