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Update: Klobuchar completes questioning of Sotomayor

WASHINGTON, D.C. — Sen. Amy Klobuchar wrapped up her questioning of Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor today with more words of praise for the 2nd Circuit judge.

But first, the Minnesota Democrat began her round by asking Sotomayor about the one death penalty case that she had ruled in.

“You, in fact, sustained the death penalty in that case?” Klobuchar said. “Is that correct?”

“I sustained — or [I] rejected the challenges of the defendant that the application of the death penalty to him was based on race, yes,” Sotomayor said.

Klobuchar then mentioned all the letters of support for Sotomayor’s nomination, including ones from the National Fraternal Order of Police, the New York State Law Enforcement Council, the National District Attorneys Association, the National Sheriffs’ Association, the Major City Chiefs Association, and the National Latino Peace Officers Association.

“The one from the Police Executive Research Forum reads, ‘Sonia Sotomayor went out of her way to stand shoulder to shoulder with those of us in public safety at a time when New York City needed strong, tough and fair prosecutors,’” she said.

Klobuchar again highlighted Sotomayor’s work as a prosecutor and judge, focusing this time on two cases dealing with child pornography and child sexual abuse.

Klobuchar ended, however, on a less legal note, with this inquiry, posed by Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., during Justice John Roberts’ confirmation hearing in 2005:

“What would you like history to say about you when all is said and done?”

“I can’t live my life to write history’s story,” Sotomayor replied. “That will be the job of historians long after I am gone.

“In the end I hope that it will say that I am a fair judge… and that I lived my life serving my country,” Sotomayor concluded.

“You can’t say much more than that,” Klobuchar said.

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