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Witness List for Sotomayor Hearing Announced

By Robert Barnes
Firefighters and a former baseball player will take opposing sides when the Senate Judiciary Committee considers Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the Supreme Court next week. The list of witnesses for and against Sotomayor was announced this afternoon.

David Cone, who pitched a perfect game for Sotomayor's favorite New York Yankees, will testify for Democrats. Apparently he will be there to shine the judge's credentials for her role in ending the Major League strike in 1995, ruling for players over owners. President Obama called Sotomayor the judge who saved baseball when he nominated her.

Republicans will counter with New Haven firefighter Frank Ricci, the lead plaintiff in Ricci v. Destefano, the recently decided Supreme Court case that said the city discriminated against Ricci and others when it threw out a promotions test after no African-Americans qualified for advancement. Sotomayor was part of a three-judge panel of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the 2nd Circuit that said New Haven was justified in discarding the test because it feared it would be sued because of the disparate impact the tests had on minorities. Not incidentally, Ricci will be joined by fellow firefighter Ben Vargas, the only Hispanic who was part of the suit.

The committee's press release follows:

WASHINGTON (Thursday, July 9, 2009) – Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy (D-Vt.) and Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) Thursday announced the witness list for the confirmation hearing for Judge Sonia Sotomayor to be an Associate Justice of the U.S. Supreme Court.

The confirmation hearing is scheduled to begin on July 13 at 10:00 a.m. The lists of witnesses invited by the Majority and Minority of the Judiciary Committee follow. A panel of witnesses from the American Bar Association will also testify. For more information about the Supreme Court, the Sotomayor nomination, and hearing details, visit the Senate Judiciary Committee website.

American Bar Association Witnesses

Kim Askew, Chair of Standing Committee
Mary Boies, Primary Reviewer

Majority Witnesses

Michael Bloomberg, Mayor, City of New York
Chuck Canterbury, National President, Fraternal Order of Police
David Cone, former Major League Baseball pitcher
JoAnne A. Epps, Dean, Temple University Beasley School of Law, on behalf of the National Association of Women Lawyers
Louis Freeh, former Director, Federal Bureau of Investigation
Michael J. Garcia, former U.S. Attorney, Southern District of New York
Wade Henderson, President and CEO of the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights
Patricia Hynes, President, New York City Bar Association
Dustin McDaniel, Attorney General, State of Arkansas
Robert Morgenthau, former District Attorney, New York County, New York
Ramona Romero, National President, Hispanic National Bar Association
Congressman Jose E. Serrano, New York 16th District
Theodore M. Shaw, Professor, Columbia Law School
Kate Stith, Lafayette S. Foster Professor of Law, Yale Law School
Congresswoman Nydia Velázquez, Chair of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus.

Minority Witnesses

Linda Chavez, President, Center for Equal Opportunity
Sandy Froman, Esq., Former President, National Rifle Association of America
Dr. Stephen Halbrook, Attorney
Tim Jeffries, Founder, P7 Enterprises
Peter Kirsanow, Commissioner, U.S. Commission on Civil Rights
David Kopel, Esq., Independence Institute
John McGinnis, Professor, Northwestern University School of Law
Neomi Rao, Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Frank Ricci, Director of Fire Services, ConnectiCOSH (Connecticut Council on Occupational Safety and Health)
David Rivkin, Esq., Partner, Baker Hostetler
Nick Rosenkranz, Professor, Georgetown University School of Law
Ilya Somin, Professor, George Mason University School of Law
Lieutenant Ben Vargas, New Haven Fire Department
Dr. Charmaine Yoest, Americans United for Life

By Web Politics Editor  |  July 9, 2009; 1:34 PM ET
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