WASHINGTON (AP) - Republican Sen. Olympia Snowe says she plans
to vote to confirm Elena Kagan as a Supreme Court justice.
The Maine lawmaker's announcement makes her the fourth
Republican to break with her party to back President Barack Obama's
high court nominee.
In a statement, Snowe says Kagan has met her standards for a
justice with her strong intellect, respect for the rule of law and
understanding of the Supreme Court's important but limited role.
She also says endorsements from conservative lawyers show that
Kagan has a reputation for a sound judicial temperament.
Democrats have more than enough votes to confirm Kagan in a vote
expected next week. Most Republicans oppose her, arguing she would
bring a liberal bias to the bench.
(Copyright 2010 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)