Bench Memos

Hearing Witness List

The Senate Judiciary Committee released the witness list for Sotomayor’s confirmation hearings today.  Among the highlights: For the Majority: NYC Mayor Michael Bloomberg, former FBI Director Louis Freeh, and former Major League baseball star David Cone.  For the Minority: New Haven firefighters Frank Ricci and Ben Vargas.

Jonathan H. Adler — Jonathan H. Adler teaches courses in environmental, administrative, and constitutional law at the Case Western Reserve University School of Law.

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