Kagan may be outside legal mainstream

WASHINGTON (AP) - The ranking Republican on the Senate panel reviewing Elena Kagan's Supreme Court nomination says he hopes there won't be a filibuster.

Alabama's Sen. Jeff Sessions tells ABC's "Good Morning America" that a critical question involving Kagan is whether she would be driven by political ideology on the high court - and whether she is "outside the mainstream" of legal thinking.

If that were true, said Sessions, "she should not be confirmed." Senate Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy said Kagan will be approved "with a lot of votes."

The Vermont Democrat said her lack of judicial experience is not an issue, citing Earl Warren, Hugo Black and Robert Jackson as leading justices who had no previous bench time before donning the robes.

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