Sonia Sotomayor Confirmed as the First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice

Sonia Sotomayor, John Roberts, Juan Luis Sotomayor, Celina Sotomayor

J. Scott Applewhite / Associated Press
Sonia Sotomayor, left, takes the oath from Chief Justice John Roberts to become the Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice and only the third woman in the court’s 220-year history. She is joined by her brother, Juan Luis Sotomayor, and her mother Celina Sotomayor.
  • Sonia Sotomayor sworn in as Supreme Court justice: Chief Justice Roberts administers the oath on a quiet morning so she can begin work ‘without delay,’ he says. Her mother and family members are there to witness her becoming the court’s first Latino…. – LAT, 8-8-09
  • Now that she’s sworn in, Sotomayor a rookie again: Sonia Sotomayor has gained admission to the Marble Palace. Now she has to figure out how the Supreme Court works…. After 17 years as a federal judge, Sotomayor knows her way around a courthouse. But her new workplace, filled with quirky customs and rituals, isn’t any old court building and new justices, like new colleagues everywhere, want to fit in…. – AP, 8-8-09
  • Sotomayor Sworn In as Supreme Court Justice: Sonia Sotomayor took the judicial oath on Saturday, becoming the first Hispanic and the third woman to serve on the Supreme Court. At just past 11 a.m., Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered a pair of oaths to her in two private ceremonies at the Supreme Court building, completing her ascent to a life-tenured position as the nation’s 111th justice — the first to be nominated by a Democratic president since 1994…. – NYT, 8-8-09
  • Sotomayor vote could impact Fla. Senate race: If there is one place where any bad feelings from the hearings on Sonia Sotomayor’s Supreme Court nomination could have lasting consequences, it’s Florida, the pesky swing state that the second-largest Puerto Rican community outside the island calls home. Although Sen. Mel Martinez, who announced Friday that he would leave his seat a year early, broke ranks to vote in favor of Sotomayor and urged fellow Republicans to do likewise, both major GOP candidates to replace him came out against her…. – AP, 8-7-09
  • Sotomayor’s Confirmation Isn’t a Win for the White House Sonia Sotomayor is the Supreme Court’s newest justice. And now the fallout begins: But Thursday’s vote was not a win for the White House. The latest Zogby poll showed that Americans were tied 49% to 49% on whether Sotomayor should be confirmed. That’s worse than any Supreme Court nominee in recent history except for Harriet Miers…. Fox News, 8-7-09
Robert Stolarik for The New York Times

Judge Sonia Sotomayor was greeted in her West Village neighborhood on Thursday after the Senate confirmed her nomination.

  • Sotomayor OK’d for Supreme Court in historic vote: Sonia Sotomayor won confirmation Thursday as the nation’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice, a history-making Senate vote that capped a summer-long debate heavy with ethnic politics and hints of high court fights to come. The third woman in court history, she’ll be sworn in Saturday as the 111th justice and the first nominated by a Democrat in 15 years…. – AP, 8-6-09
  • Senate Confirms Sotomayor in Largely Partisan 68-31 Vote: The Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court by a 68-31 vote, handing President Barack Obama a victory right before lawmakers leave town for their August recess…. – WSJ, 8-7-09
  • Sotomayor Faces Heavy Workload of Complex Cases: With the Senate’s approval of Judge Sonia Sotomayor’s nomination to the Supreme Court on Thursday, the new justice will soon take on one of the most demanding jobs in the land…. – NYT, 8-7-09
  • REMARKS BY THE PRESIDENT ON THE CONFIRMATION OF JUDGE SONIA SOTOMAYOR Diplomatic Reception Room: …And with this historic vote, the Senate has affirmed that Judge Sotomayor has the intellect, the temperament, the history, the integrity and the independence of mind to ably serve on our nation’s highest court….
    These core American ideals — justice, equality, and opportunity — are the very ideals that have made Judge Sotomayor’s own uniquely American journey possible. They’re ideals she’s fought for throughout her career, and the ideals the Senate has upheld today in breaking yet another barrier and moving us yet another step closer to a more perfect union.
    Like so many other aspects of this nation, I’m filled with pride in this achievement and great confidence that Judge Sotomayor will make an outstanding Supreme Court justice. This is a wonderful day for Judge Sotomayor and her family, but I also think it’s a wonderful day for America. WH, 8-6-09
  • Julian Zelizer “Senate Votes Sonia Sotomayor As First Hispanic Supreme Court Justice Obama’s Supreme Court Nominee Confirmed by Senate in 68-31 Vote”: Julian Zelizer, history professor at Princeton University, says it’s “too early to tell” what backlash Republicans will feel, suggesting that Sotomayor’s confirmation “might actually diminish some of the backlash that would have developed if Senate Republicans had been able to stifle this nomination.” Zelizer sees more disturbing implications where the nomination process is concerned. “The question is: does this harm the kind of nominees we get. Does it scare certain people out of the mix or does it cause presidents to not nominate someone who might be very good simply because they are nervous about whether they can survive the politics of this,” the professor said…. – ABC News, 8-6-09
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