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Gary Marx, Published July 27 2009

Judicial Confirmation Network does a good job

Thank you for your coverage of the Sonia Sotomayor confirmation hearings these past few weeks and months.

The Judicial Confirmation Network is an organization of citizens joined together to support the confirmation of highly qualified individuals to the Supreme Court of the United States. We are honored that in several states – including North Dakota – community leaders and other citizens have banded together to join this cause.

The North Dakota Judicial Confirmation Network has done an especially good job of helping educate and inform North Dakotans about the hearings process.

We would like to thank Chairman Rick Berg of Fargo, as well as all the steering committee members and other supporters for their past and continued efforts.

We expect to see several Supreme Court seats come available in the coming years, and are encouraged that we already have a team of committed leaders in place.

While it’s too early to say whether or not Sotomayor will be confirmed, it is not too early to comment on her hearings.

Frankly, we wish she had spoken out forthrightly on her past opinions espoused in numerous speeches. We would have liked to hear her defend her beliefs regarding the distinction between judges who make laws versus judges who interpret laws.

Sadly, Sotomayor instead chose to skate through by saying as little as possible. Ultimately, she avoided saying much of substance. That is unfortunate, because North Dakotans have a right to know where judicial nominees stand on important matters that affect their lives.

Marx is executive director, Judicial Confirmation Network.