Sotomayor dodges Bush v. Gore

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor took a deft dodge when asked by Judiciary Committee Sen. Herb Kohl of Wisconsin her opinion of the court's 2000 decision in Bush vs. Gore that awarded the presidency to George W. Bush.

Sotomayor noted "that case took the attention of the nation," and was unique in U.S. history--but avoided endorsing or condemning the decision.

"I look at the case, and my reaction as a sitting judge is not to criticize it or challenge it. The court took and made the decision it did," Sotomayor said.

The nominee went on to note that "some good came out of the case," such as the changes that many states made in their electoral processes.

Sotomayor also told Kohl that she considers the 1973 decision in Roe vs. Wade that legalized abortion as accepted precedent, in her closest comment to date on the issue of abortion.

When Kohl quizzed Sotomayor on her opinion about allowing cameras in the Supreme Court, Sotomayor replied that she has had "positive experiences" with them in her current courtroom. But she noted that she would not push the issue among her potential new colleagues, explaining that she would want to hear from other justices the court's reasoning against them.

"I wouldn't try to come in with pre-judgments," she said. "

-J. Taylor Rushing

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