Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions suggested U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor’s religious convictions have adversely affected her ability to hear and decide cases.
The Alabama senator tied Sotomayor’s comments to her religious beliefs, suggesting her position was the result of a secular worldview.
“She said there is no objectivity, just a series of perspectives,” Sessions said. “If you have secularization in the world and don’t believe in a higher being, maybe you don’t believe there is any truth.”
Sessions was speaking on a panel in Cleveland at Jones Day, a white shoe law firm with offices around the country known for its conservative sympathies. Alumni of Jones Day include Fox News host Megyn Kelly and the late Justice Antonin Scalia. The firm currently represents Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump. (RELATED: Here Are The DC Power Law Firms Helping Donald Trump)
The senator said his concerns stem from comments Sotomayor made which were first reported by the New York Times in 2009, in which she suggested that an effective judge should not rely on an objective standard in hearing complex cases.
“There in no objective stance but only a series of perspectives,” she said. “Personal experiences affect the facts that judges choose to see.”
Sotomayor is one of five Catholics currently serving on the Supreme Court. The three remaining justices are Jewish.
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