Tuesday, September 13, 2005

Opening statement - Kyl

Using MS Word to summarize Kyl's opening statement:
Limits on the questioning of judicial nominees are reflected even in the questionnaire that this committee submits to nominees. Let me quote the rule: Has anyone -- or the question, rather:

Now, Judge Roberts answered in the negative to that question, and I think it would be ironic indeed if the committee were now to demand that the nominee take stands on questions that may come before him as a member of the court.

Now, not only would it violate this committee's standards and procedures for a nominee to answer questions about issues that may come before him as a judge, it would also be unethical for the nominee to answer such questions.

Well, the code of judicial ethics draws no such distinctions.

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