U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor faces one more day of questioning by U.S. Senators before clearing a major hurdle on her path toward becoming the first Hispanic justice on the nation's highest court.
During the first two days of questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee, Sotomayor has managed to avoid getting her views pinned down on controversial issues such as abortion and gun rights.
Minority Republicans have asked tough questions about whether she has a racial or left-wing bias.
|Sonia Sotomayor listens to Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., pictured on TV screen, during testimony on Capitol Hill, 15 Jul 2009|
Sotomayor said her comments suggesting a "wise Latina" might reach better decisions than a white man were misunderstood. She repeatedly testified that she has always ruled in accordance with the law.
The full Senate, which is controlled by Democrats, is expected to vote on Sotomayor's confirmation in August, well before the next Supreme Court session begins in October.
If confirmed, 55-year-old Sotomayor would become the third woman to sit on the nine-member high court.
Sotomayor is the daughter of Puerto Rican parents and grew up in New York public housing. She graduated at the top of her class at two prestigious American universities: Princeton and Yale. She has been a federal judge for 17 years.