Jun 28, 2010 6:01 PM by Greg Boyce

Nominee Kagan promises impartiality on court

WASHINGTON (AP) - Supreme Court nominee Elena Kagan is expected to face hours of questioning -- some of it less than friendly -- when her confirmation hearing resumes tomorrow before the Senate Judiciary Committee.

Today, after opening statements from panel members, Kagan read a statement in which she promised to show the "evenhandedness and impartiality" that the job demands if she is confirmed. She told the panel that the court must make sure that government "never oversteps its proper bounds or violates the rights of individuals." But she added that the court "must also recognize the limits on itself and respect the choices made by the American people."

The political fault-lines appear well drawn ahead of the questioning. Democratic committee chair Patrick Leahy said he thinks "fair-minded people will find her philosophy well within the legal mainstream."

But senior Republican Jeff Sessions said the hearing would be "not a coronation but a confirmation process." And he pointed again to what he said was Kagan's lack of "real legal experience."


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