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Senate Proceeding on Aug 5th, 2009 :: 1:37:35 to 1:41:50
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Richard Burr

1:37:26 to 1:37:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: my esteemed colleague from north carolina mentioned in her speech supporting judge sotomayor that the late senator jesse helms, who was a dear fri supported the n judge sotomayor to be a judge on the second circuit court of appeals.

Richard Burr

1:37:35 to 1:41:50( Edit History Discussion )
Speech By: Richard Burr

Richard Burr

1:37:49 to 1:38:09( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: when senator senator helms did not have -- when he reviewed however, was the benefit of judge sotomayor's judicial record during her decade of service on the appellate court. it is imperative that all members of the senate look at the cases that judges h

Richard Burr

1:38:10 to 1:38:30( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: decided and not just say they have been through the confirmation process in the senate, therefore it should be automatic the second time. their decisionseigh on the relevance of their nomination and on their confirmation. now, i'm sure her impressive

Richard Burr

1:38:31 to 1:38:52( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: academic and influenced senator helms, and i'm sure he gave her the benefit of theoubt without any questions, or reason to question how she might rule on the bench. i have and the senate has. the benefit of reviewing sotomayor's actual d a circuit judge in addition to

Richard Burr

1:38:53 to 1:39:14( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: her statements to the record. i have the benefit of seeing if she stuck to the letter of the law as she in her testimony when nominated for the appellate court in 1998. and she's not. she has not stuck to the letter of t

Richard Burr

1:39:15 to 1:39:35( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: in 1998 she said in response to a question from the current ranking member of committee -- and i quote -- "sir, i do not bel bend the constitution under any circumstance. it says what it says. we sho unquote. well, quite frankly,

Richard Burr

1:39:36 to 1:39:56( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: mr. president, i believe that she bent the constitution when she ruled in the maloney case that the rights -- the rht to bear arms was not a fundamental right of i have repeatedly said that the decisions made by the supreme court affect the lives of every american.

Richard Burr

1:39:57 to 1:40:17( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: after taking into consideration judge sotomayor's answers to my questions, reviewing her decisions that appear to have departed from the normal principles of jurisprudence, i find little predictility in her decisions and the implications they might have. i'm concerned by the several

Richard Burr

1:40:18 to 1:40:38( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: examples where i believe judge sotomayor strayed from the rules of strict statutory construction and legal with her own deeply held beliefs while providing little in the way of explanations. therefore, mr. president, i

Richard Burr

1:40:39 to 1:41:03( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: unable to support her nomination to the supreme court. i realize that at the conclusion of the next several days, judge sotomayor has the votes to be a chief justice to the supreme court. and i will continue to watch the cisions that she makes based

Richard Burr

1:41:04 to 1:41:25( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: upon the answers she provided to me. but as most, if not all, have stated, this is a lifetime appointment. the debate that happens over the next 48 hours will determine in many cases whether a change

Richard Burr

1:41:26 to 1:41:48( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: might we cannot end this debate without the realizeation that we will live for generations to come. with the decisions of this court, the next court, and the next court. and it will be jt as incumbent on members of the united states senate in the future to make

Richard Burr

1:41:49 to 1:41:50( Edit History Discussion )

Richard Burr: sure that those nominees are

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