Collins also offered a preview of what's likely to be a related centerpiece of Sotomayor's confirmation hearings: Discussion of a 2003 ruling in which she rejected the appeal of a white New Haven firefighter who sued his city on a claim of reverse discrimination. The case, which saw the city throwing away a boatload of written exam results because they would have led to promoting only white candidates (save one), is currently being appealed to the Supreme Court.
"I am also disappointed that Judge Sotomayor could not discuss her controversial decision in the case involving New Haven firefighters because it is currently pending before the US Supreme Court," Collins said. "I look forward to a timely, fair and open confirmation process ... but I will reserve final judgment until the Judiciary Committee completes its hearings."
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