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Senate Proceeding on Jun 24th, 2009 :: 6:36:15 to 6:43:10
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Claire McCaskill

6:36:12 to 6:36:33( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and i thank my colleague minnesota. and i yield the floor. mrs. mccaskill: mr. president? i thank my landrieu mr. coburn

Claire McCaskill

6:36:15 to 6:43:10( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Claire McCaskill

Claire McCaskill

6:36:34 to 6:36:54( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: ms. klobuchar: we are joined by senator mccaskill, and i wanted to thank the senator from kansas for allowing us to take an additional five minutes year. thank you, mr. president, and i mrs. mccaskill: thank you, mr. president. the presiding officer: the senator from missouri. mrs. mccaskill: i want to thank my friend, the senator from minnesota, for helping us

Claire McCaskill

6:36:55 to 6:37:15( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: get organized this afternoon to spend a little time talking about an outstanding- outstanding federal judge. i also want to thank my colleague from kansas in giving us a few minutes to -- to make these remarks. i -- as i started looking, i'll confess, that i wasn't familiar with judge sotomayor, before she

Claire McCaskill

6:37:16 to 6:37:37( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: was nominated, and i started looking at her resume. and there are so many things in her resume that are, frankly, amazing, that you can get distracted by where she went to school and where she got her law degree and the fact that she has been at several levels of the

Claire McCaskill

6:37:38 to 6:37:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: federal bench and also, of course, that she had a very big job in a -- with complex litigation in a law firm. but the part of her resume that spoke to me was her time as an assistant district attorney in new york. now, i don't know that most

Claire McCaskill

6:37:59 to 6:38:19( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: americans truly understand the difference between a state prosecuting attorney and a federal prosecuting attorney. well, those of us who have spent time in the state courtoms like to explain that we're the ones that answer the 911 calls. when you're a state prosecutor, you don't get to pick which

Claire McCaskill

6:38:20 to 6:38:40( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: cases you try. you try all of the cases. when you're a state prosecutor, you don't have the luxury of a large investigative staff or maybe a very light it would be unheard of for a federal prosecutor to have a

Claire McCaskill

6:38:41 to 6:39:01( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: caseload of 100 felonies at any given time. that's the caseload that judge sotomayor handled as an assistant district attorney during her time in district attorney's office in new york. when she came to t

Claire McCaskill

6:39:02 to 6:39:23( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: prosecutor's office, ironically it was almost the exact same year i came to the prosecutor's office as a young woman out of law school. i was in kansas city, she was in new york. i know what the environment is in these prosecutor's offices. there are a lot of aggressive type-a personalties, and it's

Claire McCaskill

6:39:24 to 6:39:44( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: very difficult to begin to handle serious felony cases. because everybody wants to handle the serious felony cases. in only six months judge sotomayor was promoted to handle serious felony cases in the courtroom. she prosecuted every type of

Claire McCaskill

6:39:45 to 6:40:09( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: crime imaginable including the most serious crimes that are committed in our country. she had many famous cases. one was the tarzan murder, where she joined law enforcement to scour looking for witnesses and after a month of trial she

Claire McCaskill

6:40:10 to 6:40:31( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: convicted richard mathis on different murders. a new york time finding a prosecutor willing to take his child pornography case. judge sotomayor stepped up, winning against two cases. these were the first child pornography convictions after the supreme court had upheld new

Claire McCaskill

6:40:32 to 6:40:52( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: york's law that barred the sale of consumely explicit films using children. and after her time as a prosecutor, she eventually became a trial judge. now, a trial judge is an unusual kind of experience for a supreme court justice. but keep in mind what the

Claire McCaskill

6:40:53 to 6:41:14( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: supreme court they look at the record of the trial. they are trying to pass on matters of law that emanate from the courtroom. what a wonderful nonknee we have

Claire McCaskill

6:41:15 to 6:41:36( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: -- nominee that we have that has stood at the bar and sat on the bench ruling o evidence, ruling on matters of law. i am proud of the fact that she has this experience. and if she is confirmed, or when she is confirmed, she will be the only supreme court justice with that trial judge experience because she is replacing the

Claire McCaskill

6:41:37 to 6:41:58( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: only judge with that experience, judge souter. you know, this is a meat and potatoes moderate judge. this is a judge who has agreed with republicans on her panels 95% of the time.

Claire McCaskill

6:41:59 to 6:42:20( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: this is a judge that has the kind of experience that will allow her to make knowing and wise diss on the most -- decisions on the matters that come in front of our country in this country we have a gotcha mentality here. we all engage in it at one time

Claire McCaskill

6:42:21 to 6:42:41( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: or knows it's gotcha, gotcha, gotcha. it's an outgrowth of the political system that we all participate in in this grand and glorious democracy. not my favorite part, but it's real. justice sotomayor will become a supreme court justice after having gone through a gotcha process.

Claire McCaskill

6:42:42 to 6:43:02( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: and we're going to hear a lot of gotcha's over the coming weeks. but at the end of the day, this is a smart, prow woman who has fought her way through a system against tremendous odds to show that she has integrity, grit, intellect, and the ability to pass judgment in the most difficult intellectual challenges that face a supreme court justice.

Claire McCaskill

6:43:03 to 6:43:10( Edit History Discussion )

Claire McCaskill: i'm proud to support her nomination and i look forward to the day the day will come that she will take her place on the highest

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