Sessions: Four NY Justices ‘a Bit Much Probably’

May 12, 2010 5:08pm

ABC News’ Dean Norland reports: If Elena Kagan is confirmed to the Supreme Court, the New Yorkers will be just one vote short of a majority. And that’s a bit much for the gentleman from Alabama.

“We’ll have four justices from New York, if she’s confirmed. That’s a bit much probably,” said Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, after his meeting this afternoon with Kagan.

 But Sessions added it was more important that a nominee be objective as a judge rather than where they come from.

“We had a delightful conversation,” he said. “She is a pleasure to talk with."

Session mentioned her efforts as dean of Harvard Law School to ban military recruiters on campus.

“I think the Harvard military issue was a big mistake," he told reporters. “So I have some disagreement with that.”

Sessions also raised Kagan's lack of judicial experience.

“My view is that her experience is very thin.  You do not have to be a judge to go on the Supreme Court, I acknowledge that.  But I think if you are not a judge, I would like to have seen somebody in the harness of the practice of law who has demonstrated discipline.”  

Sessions said he assured Kagan of "a fair and rigorous hearing.” 

“I told her again that I had committed to President Obama that we would do the best to complete this process by August.  I think that is possible. “

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