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Tnr Slideshow: Scenes From Soto-land

Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation hearings began today. Each of the senators on the Judiciary Committee gave opening remarks, then Sotomayor herself delivered a statement.

The day held few surprises, but it did allow for a glimpse into key senators' criteria for confirming a Supreme Court justice. Click through for a look at some of the more interesting moments.

--Sharon Eliza Nichols

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