Senate Judiciary Committee Ranking Member Jeff Sessions (R-AL) hinted today that Sonia Sotomayor won't see a confirmation vote next Tuesday as the committee's chairman, Patrick Leahy (D-VT) has planned. Any individual senator on the committee can place a one-week hold on a judicial nominee. "I expect that will happen," Sessions told reporters after the committee adjourned for a break early this afternoon, though he said the committee has a "realistic opportunity to complete this vote before August recess"--the desired deadline President Obama put forth when Associate Justice David Souter announced his retirement.

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