Friday, July 17, 2009

Sonia gets off easy on eminent domain question

From National Journal Online:

The first question Sonia Sotomayor deflected outright wasn't by a Republican senator, but by Herb Kohl, D-Wisc., the second most senior Democratic Judiciary member.

Kohl's questions about property rights -- specifically the Supreme Court's ruling in the eminent domain case, Kelo v. City of New London -- were also dismissed by Sotomayor. Kohl asked her about how she would have ruled in that case, and she simply replied: "I don't prejudge cases." In what was a friendly exchange of questions and non-answers, Kohl said: "That's good. Let's leave it at that."

The Senate's failure to thoroughly question Sotomayor about the Didden case, one of the most abusive rulings in U.S. history, is troubling.