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Protester interrupts Feinstein at Judiciary hearing

Judge Sonia Sotomayor in 2009.
Judge Sonia Sotomayor in 2009.
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An anti-abortion protestor interrupted U.S. Senator Dianne Feinstein of California at this morning’s confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor as an associate justice of the U.S. Supreme Court. KPCC’s Washington Correspondent Kitty Felde reports.

Kitty Felde: Democratic Senator Dianne Feinstein was listing the qualities she thought a Supreme Court nominee should possess: broad and relevant experience, a strong and deep knowledge of the law, judicial temperament and integrity...

Senator Dianne Feinstein: And finally, mainstream legal reasoning. And there is everything in your record to indicate–

Man: Senator, what about the unborn? Stop the genocide of unborn Latinos!

Senator Patrick Leahy: The Senate will... the police will remove that man!

Felde: Security personnel removed the bearded man shouting “stop the genocide of unborn Latinos” and Feinstein finished her litany of praise for Sonia Sotomayor. Republicans on the committee questioned whether Sotomayor’s “empathy” would get in the way of her judicial reasoning.