Liberals cheered the first Hispanic justice, but conservatives say Sotomayor ultimately backed away from a liberal view of the Constitution.
Justice Department prevailed in the infamous 'freezer cash' case, but it lost ground in law enforcement's ability to wiretap or investigate members of Congress.
Democrats have the votes to approve her nomination to the Supreme Court this week. But Hispanics and the National Rifle Association – among others – will watch how senators vote.
Gary McKinnon, who claimed he was searching for evidence of UFOs, has fought a long legal battle against extradition after he was charged with breaking into 97 computers.
A predominately white segment of America sees the incident as further evidence that the country is becoming a post-racial society. Many blacks disagree.
But the Senate panel vote is nearly party-line, with just one Republican approving her nomination.
Six GOP senators have announced their intentions ahead of Tuesday's Judiciary Committee vote on the Supreme Court nominee.
She was part of an appeals-court panel in 2006 that favored a private developer with the authority to seize land by eminent domain.
Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination draws focus to the gains of minority and female judges nationwide.