Is Sotomayor a Shoe-In for the Supreme Court?
Confirmation hearings begin July 13 for Judge Sonia Sotomayor, President Barack Obama's first nominee to the U.S. Supreme Court. Judge Sotomayor will testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee, which has oversight over judicial posts in the United States.
If approved by the committee and confirmed by the full Senate, Ms. Sotomayor would become the first Hispanic associate justice on the nine-member high court. She would be the third woman to serve on the court, following retired Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor and joining current Associate Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.
VOA's National Correspondent Jim Malone takes a look at Judge Sotomayor's nomination and the challenges she may face during her confirmation hearing.