Sotomayor Admits Confirmation Hearings Were Scripted
This will hardly come as a surprise to anyone who watched the confirmation hearings of Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, in which her answers were careful to reveal as little as possible about her views on anything, but it’s still rare for a new justice to admit that her hearings were tightly scripted, with administration officials instructing her not only on how to answer questions but on the details of what she should wear.
Sotomayor didn’t intend to make a public announcement about this: she made the comments privately at a Yale Law School 30th reunion event, which she asked that reporters not be allowed to attend. State Sen. Ed Meyer, however, who also attended the event, told a reporter for the New Haven Register that Sotomayor “gave the most astounding account of how the president selected her,” talked about shopping for clothes to wear to the acceptance ceremony, and reported how government officials instead told her to bring five suits. They would tell her which one she should wear.