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Sotomayor hearings: An early outburst

July 13, 2009 |  8:00 am

Prolife  The first fireworks at the Sotomayor hearings came from the small gallery seated at the rear of Hart 216, not from any of the senators.

While Sen. Dianne Feinstein (D-Calif.) was delivering her opening statement, a bearded man in a business suit cried out "What about the unborn, senator?" He was quickly seized by Capitol police and yanked out of the hearing room, crying "Save the unborn Latinos!"

Sen. Patrick Leahy, the committee chairman, immediately issued a stern warning to the rest of the crowd, saying he would not tolerate any comments from the crowed, either for or against the nominee.

Feinstein continued without missing a beat, choosing to not even acknowledge the outburst.

--James Oliphant

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A pro-life protester is arrested during confirmation hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Sonia Sotomayor before the Senate Judiciary Committee July 13, 2009 in Washington, DC. (Photo by Win McNamee/Getty Images)

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