Sotomayor Confirmation Hearings Start July 13
Senate judiciary chair: it's a 'reasonable schedule'
By Newser Editors and Wire Services
Posted Jun 9, 2009 11:40 AM CDT
Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor meets with Sen. Susan Collins, R-Maine, on Capitol Hill in Washington, Thursday, June 4, 2009.   (AP Photo/Susan Walsh)
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(Newser) – Confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor will convene on July 13, says the Senate Judiciary Committee chairman. Patrick Leahy said the date represents a "reasonable schedule" that would give committee members several more weeks to prepare. President Obama has urged the Senate to vote before it leaves for a congressional recess in August; Republicans have pressed for more time to consider the nomination.

But Leahy said there was "no reason to unduly delay consideration of this well-qualified nominee. She deserves the opportunity to go before the public and speak of her record." Leahy said that as a judge, Sotomayor will only be able to speak publicly about her record when the hearings convene.