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Kagan confirmation hearings: let the political, er, legal theater begin




 US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on June 28, 2010.
US Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee for her confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington,DC on June 28, 2010.
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As hearings begin today to confirm U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to the Supreme Court, the Senate Judiciary Committee will try to gain a better understanding of the kind of justice she would be. What is known about her legal views? Is her lack of judicial experience an issue? And what political strategy will the parties use to position themselves?

Guests:


John Eastman, Former Dean and Professor, Chapman University School of Law; Founding Director, Center for Constitutional Jurisprudence

Lawrence Rosenthal, Professor, Chapman University School of Law