July 8, 2009
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NPR NEWS EXCLUSIVE: SOTOMAYOR TO BE ENDORSED BY
FORMER FBI DIRECTOR LOUIS FREEH



July 8, 2009; Washington, D.C. – In an exclusive interview on NPR News' Morning Edition, Legal Affairs Correspondent Nina Totenberg is reporting that former FBI Director Louis Freeh plans to endorse Supreme Court Nominee Sonia Sotomayor later this week.

The complete interview is airing today on NPR News' Morning Edition; and the audio will be also be available at www.NPR.org

Freeh tells Totenberg that he rejects the idea of Sotomayor being an agenda-driven liberal judge, saying, "I don't agree with that. I mean, I think if you look at her opinions, which I've done over the last couple of weeks and some of them which I was there for, I mean she has a very conservative, criminal justice, law enforcement approach."

Freeh goes on to comment on the time he spent mentoring her when she was first on the bench: "What struck me was how poised, confident and calm she was. She had great rapport with the witnesses and juries."

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