How N.C.'s senators voted

August 6, 2009 

from staff reports

How North Carolina's senators voted:

• U.S. Sen. Richard Burr, a Winston-Salem Republican, voted against confirmation of Sotomayor.

Last week in a statement, Burr said, "Without question, she has impressive academic credentials, a lengthy judicial record, and a personal story that is inspiring to many Americans. These qualities are certainly admirable; however, I am concerned with Judge Sotomayor’s ability to adhere to long-standing case precedent and apply the law according to a strict interpretation of the Constitution. I am troubled by her decisions in cases where she appears to have relied on something other than well-settled law to come to a decision. My fear is that she has been unable to separate her personal belief system from that of the letter of the law."

• U.S Sen. Kay Hagan, a Greensboro Democrat, voted for confirmation of Sotomayor.

In a statement after the vote, Hagan said, "Judge Sonia Sotomayor has more federal judicial experience than any Supreme Court nominee in 100 years. Judge Sotomayor said in her confirmation hearing that her underlying judicial philosophy is 'fidelity to the law.' She has an established record as a moderate judge whose decisions show a respect for precedent."

"In 1998, Sen. Jesse Helms voted for her confirmation to serve on the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit. Based on her record and testimony to the Senate Judiciary Committee, I was proud to support her historic confirmation to the United States Supreme Court."

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