Sotomayor Confirmation Hearing Day 3

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Judge Sonia Sotomayor faced day three of confirmation hearings today. Despite being more relaxed than the previous couple of days, Sotomayor tackled questions on hot topics such as abortion, gay marriage and gun control.

Courthouse News reports that Democrats continued to give her soft balls, while Republicans threw her some curves. One topic that will not go away is her "wise Latina" comment, something she has said has gotten more attention than anything she has ever said or written in the past.

In response to Texas Senator John Cornyn (R) questions regarding that her judicial records do not reflect her "wise Latina" statement, she said that it was meant to encourage Hispanics. She regrets if anyone misinterprets her statement as meaning that one judges better depending on their sex, race or ethnicity.

On a lighter note, newly sworn in Minnesota Senator Al Franken (D) jokingly asked her to name the specific "Perry Mason" episode that the fictional lawyer actually won. After admitting she did not remember, Franken responded, "Didn't the White House prepare you?"

Sotomayor has said the show inspired her career in law.

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