Franken Grills Sotomayor…

About the RARE triumphs of Hamilton Burger, Esq.

Hmmm… Good one! A trick question perhaps? After all, it could have been “The Case of the Deadly Verdict”… But then again, the correct answer may well be “The Case of the Terrified Typist” or even possibly “The Case of the Witless Witness”… Great mystery abounds!

Thanks Al, for raising these more comical legal issues for us to ponder at length.

Judging Sonya

Dahlia Lithwick previews several ways in which the confirmation hearing of SCOTUS nominee Judge Sonya Sotomayor will likely take shape.

Given her lengthy track-record of providing reliably keen insights concerning the subject, it’s more than probable that Lithwick’s assessment will arrive in fairly close proximity to the actual course of discussion that unfolds during what promises to be a relatively uneventful, slam-dunk hearing. (This sadly doesn’t preclude a lot of wrangling over identity politics, wild-eyed partisan hysteria, and complete zaniness coming from the voluble right-wing peanut gallery for the duration of her public vetting.)

The funny thing is that despite all the talk from the usual suspects of Sotomayor being a dangerously “activist judge” with a “radical liberal” agenda and so on, the fact of the matter is that the case law in question doesn’t support this ridiculous argument by any stretch of the imagination. If anything, she’s quite a reasonable moderate, a judicial minimalist… rather conservative even, some might say.

Balls & Strikes Update: So far, so predictable.