July 12, 2009: Few fireworks expected at Sotomayor hearing (McClatchy Newspapers)

  • The committee's chairman, Vermont's Patrick Leahy , is known for being outspoken and for his liberal voting record. Leahy has vowed that the hearings not only will air all the issues but also send a signal to the American people about the rule of law, which he says was "damaged" during the Bush administration by the creation of secret CIA prisons, the failure to provide due process to prisoners at Guantanamo , and harsh interrogation practices.