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From our friends at the C-SPAN Video Library, this clip of Sonia Sotomayor in action last December 9, in oral arguments in Arar v. Ashcroft.

All twelve appeals judges are sitting en banc to hear the appeal of a June, 2008, ruling by a Second Circuit three-judge panel that federal courts lacked jurisdiction to hear a challenge by Maher Arar of his rendition by the U.S. government to Syria. Arar, a Syrian-born Canadian citizen detained during a layover at J.F.K. Airport, alleged he was tortured and released after one year without being charged.

For more background: Here is a 2/17/09 New York Times editorial about the case.

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