Sotomayor hearings over for the day; resume tomorrow

The Supreme Court confirmation hearings for Sonia Sotomayor have recessed for the day, with another round of questions following in the morning.

Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and ranking Republican Jeff Sessions of Alabama jointly announced the end of the eight-hour day, which was broken up by periodic breaks and a 90-minute
lunch recess.

Leahy said Wednesday's questioning will include Sen. Al Franken (D-Minn.) starting at 9:30 a.m. A long list of witnesses are also expected, including New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg and two firefighters in the New Haven Fire Department case on which one of Sotomayor's rulings was recently overturned.

GOP senators yet to question Sotomayor include John Cornyn (Texas) and Tom Coburn (Okla.) Democrats still yet to question her include Franken, Arlen Specter (Pa.), Amy Klobuchar (Minn.), Sheldon Whitehouse (R.I.), Ben Cardin (Md.) and Ted Kaufman (Del.)

Leahy said Wednesday will also include a closed-door session among senators, as is routine for Supreme Court nominees. The session will include a review of Sotomayor's FBI report.

--J. Taylor Rushing