August 6th, 2009
03:19 PM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor confirmed for Supreme Court

WASHINGTON (CNN) - The U.S. Senate on Thursday confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court.

Sotomayor was confirmed in 68-31 vote. Nine Republicans joined a unanimous Democratic caucus in supporting her nomination.

The 55-year-old federal appeals court judge will be the 111th person to sit on the high court, and the third woman justice.


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soundoff (131 Responses)
  1. Dutch/Bad Newz, VA - I'm an expert on everything

    So one left winger (Soto) replaces another left winger (Souter). You libs didn't gain a thing. Still 5-4 for the "rule of law." And Stevens is next! No gain there either.

    August 6, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  2. seebofubar

    It's unfortunate that this bad judge was confirmed but there is a silver lining. She will most likely vote to overturn Roe vs Wade. Her Latino Christian beliefs are strong. Neither Latinos or Christians believe in or support Abortion.

    August 6, 2009 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
  3. Sheri

    That is a good thing, I know she will be a great justice. Wise Latino Lady, I like that! Congrats Lady

    August 6, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  4. Rob Johnson

    "We need to target the nine RINOs who voted for Sotomayor. Whatever it takes to defeat them if they run for re-election needs to be done, even at the risk of replacing them with Democrats."

    I'm sure the Democrats would be happy to oblige.

    "With a little luck, those nine Republicans will be cast into retirement the next time they run for reelection, Our party doesn't need those scumbags."

    When you read comments like this from Republicans talking about people in their own party, it puts their venom towards Obama in a different perspective.

    These people can't even treat their fellow Republicans in a civil manner, why should we expect them to treat Democrats any different?

    August 6, 2009 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  5. geecee

    Obama has done a fine job in selecting such an esteemed Justice to elevate to our Superior Court. We are proud of him and Judge Sotomayor. God Bless Them both.

    And as far as this choice coming back to bite ANYBODY in the butt, it will bite the Rethuglicans who didn't vote for her. Just watch and see. 2010 is right around the corner, John McCain!@!

    August 6, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  6. sonny

    My salute to our new Supreme Court lady justice!!!! Uphold our constitution and implement the law. Proud to address you Supreme Court justice Sonia Sotomayer...Good luck and best wishes for your health and success...

    August 6, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  7. jaye

    Another win for the democrats!!!!!
    Thank you!!!

    August 6, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  8. nbascribe

    Nine Republicans crossed party lines.

    I'm wondering that when that trend turns to 20 or 30 Republicans on other important business will the GOP get the message that this country is ready for different leadership and not just rhetoric.

    August 6, 2009 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  9. hadelaide

    Congratulations to Justice Sotomayor for standing tough to the big bullies that tried to intimidate her. Maybe they thought she would withdraw her nomination because she didn't "fit" into the mold the old white men had for her.

    Bravo to competence and intelligence. Another setback to hatred, fear mongering, racism, sexism, and above all GOP poop.

    August 6, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  10. David

    Congrats Justice Sotomayor!!

    August 6, 2009 04:29 pm at 4:29 pm |
  11. Jeff in Houston

    Well, there is still justice in the world. The Stalinist/Christian Republicans could not stop a good woman. I'm smiling.

    August 6, 2009 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  12. chelle

    FAr be it from me to critize and nitpick but if Judge Cardozo was
    Portugese that means he was from Portugal, not Spain or a former Spanish colony. Thus meaning he was NOT hispanic.....DUH!!!!

    August 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  13. Post always rejected by CNN

    Well I think the American will remember the so called bi-partisanship the republicans have preached since Obama WON the election. He wasn't appointed he WON. And I think the American people will remember when they go to vote what a bunch of crock they all are. How anyone could vote for robers, alito, scalia and thomas and then against a woman will more experience and knowledge than all four put together shows what a bunch of little boys trying to show their MACHO....guess they won't need that little blue pill tonight...

    And I don't care if CNN doesn't post this at least I had my say.

    August 6, 2009 04:33 pm at 4:33 pm |
  14. NIck

    one of the historical day today. congratulation to Sotomayor and also congratulations to democrats and MR. President on this victory. i hope next election we get this Nay party voted out from both chambers. who's being Nay on everything since last 8 yrs, time has changed now finally. in last 8 yrs nothing major thing has been changed in our country b/c GOP loves to block everything no matter what it is.

    August 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  15. Anonymous

    Are you kidding me she has to be the worst for the spot. Just after the firefighter case this is what she gets she should have been deported

    August 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  16. sharon

    very good.
    next..........a Native American.

    August 6, 2009 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  17. kapinatl

    Congratulations to the Obama team. Way to go! Congratulations Associate Judge Sotomayer. Hope your chair is not next to Judge Clarence "If I could be anything other than Black" Thomas. Best of luck to you!

    August 6, 2009 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  18. JonDie

    Great news! The angry, old white men who run the GOP, Cheney, Gingrich and Limbaugh, couldn't stop the tide of history.

    August 6, 2009 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  19. shucks

    Finally we can get back to equal rights and justice for all. Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Sotomayor and to President Obama on a well deserved choice. America is finally going to be fair for all not just the wealthy, religious, and republican. AMERICA IS BACK!!!!!!!

    August 6, 2009 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  20. shucks

    Hopefully he will have the opportunity to appoint a couple more over the next 8 years. My pride in America is returning a little more every day that the republican machine is dealt another blow. At this point anything they say is void!!!

    August 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  21. Doug Neumann

    Mark Fuhrman should be the next Supreme Court justice appointed.

    August 6, 2009 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  22. Katie - Atlanta

    Congratulations, Justice Sotomayor!! That has a lovely ring to it!

    August 6, 2009 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  23. betty in Arizona

    Congratulations Judge. You will do well. Thanks to the nine repugs who voted for her. Nice to know you came to your senses. Going to be some big loses for Repugs when elections come up, bigots, racists, not working for the people who voted for you will get you voted out .

    August 6, 2009 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  24. kj

    All I have to say is I am proud that she's another strong and well qualified woman for the job. Good luck to Justice Sotomayor....I would like to see more women on the bench...I mean 50% of those that votes are women! We should be represented accordingyl..

    August 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  25. Sujith, NE

    Congatulations Judge Sonia Sotomayor ! Never had a doubt though.
    Go Obama !

    August 6, 2009 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
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