Republicans worry about judicial activism

WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican senators are reacting cautiously to the president's choice for the Supreme Court.

They say they want to be sure Judge Sonia Sotomayor (soh-toh-my-YOR') understands the need to be impartial, and not an activist.

Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell is promising to be fair but thorough in examining Sotomayor's record. He says the role of judges "is to apply the law evenhandedly, despite their own feelings or personal or political preferences."

Sen. Jeff Sessions, the top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, agrees that a judge's role is "to act as a neutral umpire of the law."

The conservative Judicial Confirmation Network says Sotomayor has "an extremely high rate of her decisions being reversed" -- which the group sees as a sign that she is a liberal activist.

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