By Alexander Bolton - 07/13/09 10:57 AM EDT
Sen. Dianne Feinstein’s (D-Calif.) opening statement was brought to a dead halt by a protester who screamed out: “What about abortion?” and “Stop the genocide of unborn Latinos!”
Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) gaveled the hearing room to order and declared: “There will be no outbursts allowed in the committee either for or against the nominee.”
Despite criticizing Sotomayor in his opening statement, Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) backed Leahy’s call for orderly proceedings.
“I support you 100 percent,” said Sessions.