Shelby opposes Kagan as justice

Published 12:00 am Friday, July 23, 2010

MONTGOMERY (AP) — A U.S. senator from Alabama is speaking out against the nomination of U.S. Solicitor General Elena Kagan to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court.

In a statement issued Thursday, Republican Sen. Richard Shelby says Kagan offered “little information” during her confirmation and that what she did say didn’t sway him to support her.

He points to her comments surrounding her decision as a Harvard Law School official to bar military recruiters from the property and says he worries she has expressed hostility to the Second Amendment. He says he doesn’t believe Kagan can uphold the right to bear arms.

Shelby says Kagan hasn’t clarified where her politics end and her judicial philosophy begins.