The follies that are the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings on Supreme Court nominations returned with Solicitor General Elena Kagan...
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Can you imagine a trial in which the judge commenced the proceedings by announcing their verdicts and then calling for the submission of evidence? The Senate hearing on a judicial nominee is not a trial, but it certainly is akin to one.
I agree that a nominee should not answer hypothetical questions on cases that may arise in the future, but I see no reason why nominees should not answer questions regarding existing court opinions.
The framers of the Constitution were passionate about the fact that the document was never to be interpreted as a grant of rights.
The claim that any human is able to remain unaffected by their background or have a purely objective view of any case is to claim a quality that belongs only to God: omniscience.
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