Thursday, August 6, 2009

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor



Sonia Sotomayor was sworn in Saturday as the 111th justice, the third woman, and the first Hispanic to sit on the U.S. Supreme Court.

As her mother, Celina Sotomayor, held the Bible, Sotomayor swore an oath to administer justice fairly in a first ever televised ceremony. Chief Justice John Roberts administered the 62-word oath required of all federal judges.

On Thursday, the Sentate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor to the high court by a vote of 68-31. Though her confirmation was never in doubt, there was opposition from Republicans for her "wise Latina" comment.

Sotomayor is replacing retiring liberal Justice David Souter and is not expected to alter the balance of the court. She joins the only other woman on the Supreme Court, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

Newly Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor will be a fine judge. She brings over 17 years of experience as a federeal judge, the most of any current Supreme Court justice.

Congratulations, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.


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