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Overturn thank you very much mister chair welcome back to it's magic to see you again I enjoyed our conversation.
And when I -- remembered about that is that you confessed to me that you once brought a winter parka to Minnesota in June.
And I promise I will not hold that against you during this week.
I know you have many friends and family here but it was really an honor for me to meet your mom.
When President Obama first announced here nomination I -- the story about how your mom saved.
All of her money to buy you and your brother the first set of encyclopedias in the neighborhood.
And it reminded me of when my own parents bought us encyclopedia Britannica that always help this hallowed place.
In the hallway and for me they were out window on the world.
And a gateway to knowledge which they clearly -- to you as well.
From the time you were nine years old your mom raised you and your brother on her own.
She struggled to buy those encyclopedias -- -- nurse's salary but she did it because she believed deeply in the value -- education.
You went on to be the valedictorian -- your high school class and to be top senior class in college and got a lot school.
After that and this is an experience that we have in common you became a local prosecutor.
Most of my questions during this hearing will be about opinions -- -- authored and work that you've done in the criminal area.
I believe having judges with -- real world Frontline.
Experience as prosecutors is a good thing.
When I think about the inspiring journey of your life I'm reminded of other Supreme Court justices.
It came from in your own words modest and challenging circumstances.
There's justice O'Connor who lived the first years of her life in a ranch in Arizona.
With no running water and no electricity.
-- sheer necessity she learned how to mend fences ride horses and cattle shoot a rifle.
And even drive a truck all before she was thirteen years old.
I also think about justice Thurgood Marshall who has the great grandson of slaves.
His mother with a teacher wants father worked as a Pullman car waiter before becoming -- and an all white country club.
Justice Marshall waited tables to put himself through law school.
And his mom actually on her wedding and engagement rings to get the down payment to sent him to Howard university law school here in Washington.
And then there's justice Blackmun who grew up -- at Saint Paul working class neighborhood in my home state of Minnesota.
He was able to attend Harvard College only because at the last minute -- Harvard club at Minnesota got a scholarship and he went on to Harvard.
Where he worked as a tutor and -- janitor.
Through four years of college in three years of -- -- his family was never able to scrape up enough money to bring him back to Minnesota.
Each of these very different justices grew up in challenging circumstances.
Nolan can doubt that for each of these justices their life experiences shaped their work and they did that they did on the Supreme Court.
This should be -- remarkable and in fact it's completely appropriate.
After all our own committee members.
Demonstrate the value that comes from members -- different backgrounds and perspectives.
For instance at the same time my accomplished colleague senator whitehouse.
Senator renowned diplomat was drawing up inside done.
During the Vietnam War I was working at the car hop at the -- that we -- Pakistan and suburban Minnesota.
-- -- senator hatch is that famed gospel music songwriter.
Senator Leahy is such devoted fan of The Grateful Dead.
That he once had trouble taking -- crop from the president of the United States because it chairman was on stage with The Grateful Dead.
We've -- tremendously blessed on this committee with the gift of having members with different backgrounds and different experiences.
Just -- different experiences aren't -- for any court in this land.
So when one of my colleagues questioned whether you judge would be a justice for all of us are just for some of us.
I couldn't help but remember something that Hubert Humphrey once sat.
He said America is all the richer for the many different and distinctive strands.
Of which it is -- open.
Along those lines judge you are only the third woman in history to come before this committee at the Supreme Court nominee.
And as you can see there currently only two women on this committee senator Feinstein and myself.
-- I think it's worth remembering that when justice O'Connor graduated from Moscow the only offer she got from law firms -- for legal secretary position.
Justice O'Connor graduated third in her class from Stanford Law School saw her accomplishments reduced to one question can she type.
Justice Ginsburg faced similar obstacles when she entered Harvard -- -- she was one of only nine women and classes more than 500.
One professor actually demanded that she justify why she -- -- a seat that could have gone to a man.
Later she was passed over for prestigious -- -- despite impressive credentials.
Nevertheless both of them persevered and they certainly prevailed.
There undeniable merits triumph over those who sought to deny them opportunity.
The women who came before you to be considered by this committee helped blaze a trail and I'll -- your record stands on your own.
You also stand on their shoulders.
Another woman with an opportunity to be -- justice for all of us.
And -- justice Ginsburg's recent comments regarding the strip search of a thirteen year old girl indicate.
As well as her dissent in the Lilly Ledbetter equal pay case.
Being -- justice for all of us may mean bringing some real world practical experience into the courthouse.
As we consider your nomination we know that you are more than some of your professional experiences.
Still you bring one of the most wide ranging legal resonates to this position.
Local prosecutor the beleaguered civil litigator trial judge and appellate -- Straight out of law school you went to work at the prosecutor in the Manhattan DA's office and you ended up staying there for five years.
When your prosecutor and a lot ceases to be an abstract subject it's not just a dusty book in the basement.
It's real and it has an impact on real people's lives.
Whether it's victims and their families defendants and their families -- the neighborhood where you live.
It also has a big impact on the individual prosecutor never forget.
The big and difficult cases knowing your case one of those is the serial burglar turned murder at the Tarzan murder it.
In my case it was that little girl and -- Edwards an eleven year old girl shot right straight.
-- fire as she sat at her kitchen table doing her homework.
At the prosecutor.
You don't just have to know the lot you also have to know people that judge I'm interested in talking to you more about what you learned from that job.
And how that job shaped your legal career and your approach to judging.
I'm also interested in learning more about your views on criminal why -- I want to explore your views on the Fourth Amendment.
The confrontation clause and sentencing -- policy.
I'd like to -- in criminal cases as -- -- in civil cases how you would balance the text of statutes and the constitution.
And the practical things you see out there in the world.
It seems to me in cases like file photo with Santa and Howard that you have a keen understanding of the real world implications -- your decisions.
I often get concerned that those pragmatic experiences are missing in judicial decision making.
Especially when I look at the recent Supreme Court case in which the majority broadly interpreted the confrontation clause to include -- crime lab workers.
I agree with the four dissenting justices that the ruling has -- potential to disrupt criminal procedures that already give ample protections.
Against the misuse of scientific evidence.
Your old -- Manhattan district attorney Robert Morgenthau called you a fearless and effective prosecutor.
This is how he put it once in an interview.
We want people with good judgment because a lot of the job of a prosecutor is making decisions.
I also went to see some signs of humility.
In anybody that I hire.
We're giving young lawyers a lot of power and we want to make sure that they're going to use that power with good sense and without arrogance.
These are among the very qualities I'm looking for -- -- Supreme Court justice.
I too am looking for a person with that judgment.
Someone with intellectual curiosity and independence but -- understands that her judicial decisions affect real people.
With that I think comes the second essential quality humility.
I'm looking for a justice who appreciates the awesome responsibility.
That she will be given if confirmed.
A justice who understands the gravity of the office and respects the very different roles that the constitution provides for each of the three branches of government.
Finally a good prosecutor knows that her job is to enforce the law without fear or favor.
Likewise the Supreme Court justice must interpret the law without fear or favor.
And I believe your background and experiences.
Including your understanding -- front line law enforcement.
Will help you to always remember that the cases you hear involve real people.
With real problems.
Who are looking for real remedies.
With excellent justice.
An excellent judgement.
And a sense of humility.
I believe you can be at justice for all of us thank you payments.
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