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 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.
The framers of the Constitution were passionate about the fact that the document was never to be interpreted as a grant of rights.
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