First Latina Woman Joins The U.S. Supreme Court

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A historic moment for the United States as the first woman of Hispanic descent joins the highest court in the land.

“Judge Sotomayor are you prepared to take the oath?,” asked Judge John Roberts as she placed her hand firmly on the Bible and took the oath. “I, Sonia Sotomayor do solemnly swear that I will administer justice without respect to persons and do equal right to the poor and to the rich.”

Sotomayor’s mother, Celina, held the Bible for her daughter. Her brother Juan Luis Sotomayor, stood by her throughout the swear-in ceremony. Judge Roberts smiled after the Sotomayor finished taking the oath, saying, “congratulations and welcome to the court.”

The ceremony itself was also historic because it was the first that has ever been televised.

Sotomayor was confirmed by the Senate on Thursday, getting a 68 “yes” votes from all Democrats, and 31 “nays” from Republicans.

President Obama wasn’t present at the ceremony, but he has prepared an event at the White House for her on Wednesday.



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