Up till now, Senate Republicans have taken a somewhat softer, loftier stance on Judge Sonia Sotomayor than the conservative outside groups, ever aware of the possible political ramifications of getting tough with a Latina.

But that will change this week, ramping up to the July 13 confirmation hearing.

Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, top Republican on the Judiciary Committee, is expected to lead the charge as he and his fellow GOPers take on Sotomayor's record in a series of Senate floor speeches.

A spokesman for Sessions tells Fox that the focus this week will include Sotomayor's involvement with the Puerto Rican Legal Defense and Education Fund, the New Haven firefighters case, as well as role "empathy" and the influence of international law has had on her decisions.  Also, members want to focus in on Sotomayor's gun rights positions.

Members are still waiting for documents related to Sotomayor's involvement with the PRLDF.

While making tougher speeches, Sessions is also expected to continue a series of more philosophical speeches on "the proper role of a judge in U.S. society," ie, is she an activist judge, this according to a GOP committee aide?