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Sen. Klobuchar Questioning at Judge Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing

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Thursday, July 16, 2009; 10:51 AM

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SEN. PATRICK LEAHY: Senator Durbin has actually responded to my so far vain request that senators may want to pass on the basis that all questions may have been asked, not everybody has asked them, but Senator Klobuchar, yesterday, had some very serious and succinct areas that she was asking. I know time ran out, and I'd like to yield to Senator Klobuchar because she may want to follow on those.

SEN. AMY KLOBUCHAR: Thank you very much, Mr. Chair.

And thank you again, Judge. I think they've turned the air conditioning on, so this is good.

(LAUGHTER)

I just had two quick follow-ups following Senator Graham's question. The first is that the only death penalty case that I know of -- there may be another one that you ruled on -- the Heatley case -- you, in fact, sustained the death penalty in that case. Is that correct?

JUDGE SOTOMAYOR: I sustained -- or a rejected the challenges of the defendant that the application of the death penalty to him was based on race, yes.


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