Judge Sotomayor's Opening Statement

Yesterday, the Senate Judiciary Committee kicked off the confirmation hearings for Supreme Court Nominee, Judge Sonia Sotomayor. In her opening statement, Judge Sotomayor pledged a "fidelity to the law:"
 
In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law -- it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress's intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand.

Check out the full video of Judge Sotomayor's opening statement here:

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Judge Sotomayor's confirmation hearings continue today with the first round of questioning.  For the last 17 years, Judge Sotomayor has approached judging from the real world.  You'll see this down-to-earth style throughout the hearings -- with direct and precise answers.  You can learn more about Judge Sotomayor throughout Whitehouse.gov:

Read about Judge Sotomayor's incredible personal story and distinguished law career.
Scroll through our candid photogallery of Judge Sotomayor that includes images from her early childhood in the South Bronx and more recent images with her family.
Watch the President discuss Sotomayor's personal and professional experience in the Weekly Address from May 29th, 2009.
Check out Judge Sotomayor's responses to the Senate Judiciary Committee's questions in a guest blog post by White House Counsel, Greg Craig.
Take a look back at the President's press conference announcing Judge Sotomayor as his nominee to the Supreme Court.
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