Here are some court- and Senate Judiciary-related questions from readers.
Harry Grinage of Virginia, Minn., writes:
When were the Supreme Court Confirmation hearings first televised?
1981, with Sandra Day O'Connor.
From Jon Cohen of Philadelphia:
Did Supreme Court nominees always testify in person before the Senate Judiciary Committee?
Nope. The first one was Harlan Fiske Stone, in 1925.
And from Brett Sonnenschein of Brooklyn, N.Y.:
I was surprised to find out that Al Franken is a member of the Judiciary Committee since he isn't a lawyer. This seems odd to me since so many senators are lawyers and being on the Judiciary Committee would seem to require a good amount of legal knowledge. Are any other members of the Judiciary Committee non-lawyers?
There was a note in Neil Lewis' article in the New York Times the other day about Franken being one of five senators of the 19-member Senate Judiciary Committee who are not lawyers. Actually, I count six (though I could be wrong). Including Franken, I have Tom Coburn (R-OK), Dianne Feinstein (D-CA), Charles Grassley (R-IA), Ted Kaufman (D-DE), and Herb Kohl (D-WI).