Sen. Grassley Admits To Different Standards For Alito And Sotomayor

During the opening day of confirmation hearings, Judge Sonia Sotomayor came under fire from Sen. Charles Grassley (R-IA) for stating that her experiences as a Latina affects her judicial outlook. "This empathy standard is troubling to me," Grassley said. "The Constitution requires that judges be free from personal politics ... feelings and preferences."

But Grassley never objected when Judge Samuel Alito said virtually the same thing during his confirmation hearing, when Alito testified he "can't help but think of" his immigrant family when evaluating immigration cases:

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