Sotomayor hearings: An early outburst
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.
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)