GOP: Let's Hold Sotomayor To Standard Of Judge We Voted Against

08/13/2009 05:12 am ET | Updated May 25, 2011
  • Kate Klonick True Slant

So much for the idea that elephants never forget.

Speaking to nominee Sonia Sotomayor's "wise Latina" remarks, Sen. Jon Kyl (R-Ariz) quoted at length from another Latino justice -- Judge Richard Paez of the Ninth Circuit. "'Recognize that you might have some bias, or prejudice,'" Kyl said in quoting Paez's oft-cited instructions to juries on how to disregard their bias. "Recognize that it exists, and determine whether you can control it so that you can judge the case fairly. Because if you cannot--if you cannot set aside those prejudices, biases and passions--then you should not sit on the case.'"

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