Two of the first three U.S. senators to commit to voting against the Supreme Court nomination of Judge Sonia Sotomayor were Kansans: Sen. Pat Roberts on May 28 and Sen. Sam Brownback on June 24. The third is Sen. James Inhofe, R-Okla. The three have more in common than geography and party: They all voted against Sotomayor's nomination to the federal appeals bench in 1998. Her hearings don't start until mid-July, but Brownback said last week: "In her writings, Judge Sotomayor has rejected the principle of impartiality and embraces the novel idea that a judge's personal life story should come into play in the courtroom. I'm not sure why Judge Sotomayor believes the law is somehow different when interpreted by people of different backgrounds. I think Judge Sotomayor is absolutely wrong, and that we do a disservice to law and society when we don't transcend our personal sympathies and prejudices."
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