Sonia Sotomayor will go before the U.S. Senate next week to face the gauntlet that is a Supreme Court confirmation hearing. Thankfully, she will have one very powerful ally on her side—noted judicial scholar David B. Cone.
The Senate Judiciary Committee unveiled the list of witnesses who will be called before that august body to plead for (and against) the candidacy of Ms. Sotomayor as she attempts to join the most important legal body in our nation. The list includes Congresspeople, state attorneys general, law school professors, federal district attorneys, an FBI director, and the mayor of New York City, but I only see one former major league baseball pitcher on that roster. Cone was the American League's players' union rep during the strike of 1994-1995—the strike that was ended by U.S. District Judge Sonia Sotomayor.