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Senate committee clears Sotomayor for confirmation

UPDATE 8:59 PT

WASHINGTON - The Senate Judiciary Committee has voted to approve Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor to be the first Hispanic justice. The committee voted 13-6 Tuesday morning to send Sotomayor's nomination to the full Senate, where she's expected to be confirmed easily next week.

Just one Republican, South Carolina's Lindsey Graham, joined Democrats in voting for President Barack Obama's first high court nominee.

The panel's chairman, Vermont Democrat Patrick Leahy, called Sotomayor a restrained, fair and impartial judge who has not favored any one group of people over another. But the top Republican, Alabama's Jeff Sessions, said her speeches and some rulings revealed beliefs that conflict with the idea of blind justice and fidelity to the law.



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WASHINGTON, D.C.- Judge Sonia Sotomayor seems to be heading for a quick confirmation as the nation's first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. That's despite opposition from a growing number of Republican senators who say she would bring liberal bias to the high court.

A Senate Judiciary Committee vote is set for today. The full Senate takes up the nomination next week. The committee's top two Republicans say they'll vote against her. Alabama's Jeff Sessions says Sotomayor will revert to judicial activism once she takes the bench. And Chuck Grassley of Iowa says she didn't convince him during her confirmation hearings that she'll be able to set aside personal feelings and decide cases impartially.

Idaho Republican Sens. Mike Crapo and Jim Risch also say they intend to vote against Sonia Sotomayor. Lindsey Graham is the only committee Republican who has said he'll support Sotomayor.

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