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Sotomayor says judge not a "robot"

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Sen. Sessions asked Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor at her confirmation hearing, "so first, I'd like to know, do you think there's any circumstance
in which a judge should allow their prejudices to impact their
decision-making?"

Replied Sotomayor, "Never their prejudices. I was talking about
the very important goal of the justice system is to ensure that the
personal biases and prejudices of a judge do not influence the outcome
of a case. What I was talking about was the obligation of judges to
examine what they are feeling as they're adjudicating a case, and to
ensure that that's not influencing the outcome.

"Life experiences have to influence you. We're not robots who
listen to evidence and don't have feelings.
We have to recognize those feelings, and put them aside.....

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