Washington (CNN) – Two members of the Supreme Court took the unusual step of speaking out over racially insensitive remarks by a federal prosecutor in a drug case, when rejecting review of the defendant's appeal.
Justice Sonia Sotomayor wrote a strongly worded statement Monday, saying the prosecutor's remarks about an African-American suspect were "an affront to the Constitution's guarantee of equal protection of the laws."
Washington (CNN) - Justice Sonia Sotomayor has managed a whirlwind few days, and it promises to get even busier. In fact, a traditional inaugural ceremony was moved up to accommodate her busy schedule.
She has a new book released last week, a memoir called "My Beloved World" (Knopf/Random House). To promote it, the 58-year-old justice had arranged several media interviews and book signings. Then came the invitation last month from Vice President Biden to have Sotomayor do his swearing in, for separate ceremonies Sunday and Monday.
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(CNN) - Mitt Romney has caught the attention of Latinos with campaign ads that highlight the significance of Sonia Sotomayor's appointment to the U.S. Supreme Court - but it may not be the kind of attention he wants.
In a pro-Romney radio ad released this week in Ohio, conservative Jay Sekulow says that Rick Santorum's 1998 vote to confirm Sonia Sotomayor to the federal circuit court "put her on a path to the Supreme Court."
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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.
Washington (CNN) - Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor will pen an memoir about her climb to the bench of the highest court in the country. The book, which does not yet have a title, will be published by Knopf Publishing.
The memoir will include details about Sotomayor's childhood including growing up in New York City, her relationship with her mother, and the loss of her father when she was young. The memoir will also cover her years at Princeton and Yale Law School, and her eventual legal career.
"I am honored to be working with the distinguished publishing house of Alfred A. Knopf on the publication of my memoir," Sotomayor said in a release put out by Knopf Publishing Monday.
Washington (CNN) - Having trouble pronouncing an Italian word? If you sit on the Supreme Court, consult an expert.
On Monday, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was announcing the court's opinion in Krupski v. Costa Crociere SpA (09-337), a lesser-known appeal dealing with the scope of the right to file an amended lawsuit to correct a mistake in a party's identity.
The newest justice was having trouble pronouncing the name of the cruise ship company at the center of the case.
Costa Cruises is a British and American-owned firm based in Genoa, Italy, where it is registered as Costa Crociere SpA. The appeal involved passenger Wanda Krupksi, who tripped over a cable and fractured her leg in 2007 aboard the Costa Magica.
At issue was whether Krupski should have sued Costa Cruises or Costa Crociere SpA in federal court.
The justice writing the majority ruling typically announces the decision from the bench in a public session, with a brief oral summary that supplements the official written opinion. That's where the fun began.
The newest justice had the honor of issuing the Supreme Court's first ruling of the term. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
Washington (CNN) - The newest justice had the honor of issuing the Supreme Court's first ruling of the term, and Sonia Sotomayor managed a shy smile Tuesday after reading a portion of it from the bench in the public session.
Sotomayor joined the bench in August and has heard oral argument in 35 appeals with her eight colleagues. The high court issued three other rulings Tuesday, from cases heard when the new term began in early October.
Chief Justice John Roberts announced Sotomayor's name at the start of the morning session, and she proceeded to spend about four minutes summarizing the court's unanimous conclusions.
At issue in her ruling was the right to immediately appeal a judge's pretrial order requiring disclosure of confidential attorney-client communications.
The Supreme Court, including its newest member Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor, sat for a group photo Tuesday. The high court's new term begins next week. (Photo Credit: Getty Images)
WASHINGTON (CNN) - When President Obama announced Judge Sonia Sotomayor as his choice to be the next U.S. Supreme Court Justice, he noted that she played a key role in helping bring an end to the 1995 Major League Baseball strike.
"Some say that Judge Sotomayor saved baseball," said Obama, referring to Sotomayor's ruling against the owners that brought the strike to an end.
On Saturday, Sotomayor returns to the baseball diamond – this time taking the field. She will throw out the first pitch at Yankees Stadium.
"Having Justice Sotomayor, a South Bronx native, participate in our yearly Hispanic Heritage Month celebration is very exciting, as she is an inspiration to so many," said Manuel García, Yankees director of Latino Affairs.
WASHINGTON (CNN) – Justice Sonia Sotomayor was welcomed to the Supreme Court by her new colleagues in a brief special ceremony Tuesday in the ornate courtroom.
President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden were among those who attended the investiture of the 111th justice, where the court accepted her commission to serve on the high court.
During the five-minute ceremony, a beaming Sotomayor formally joined the eight other justices on the bench. The court has returned early from its summer recess to hear arguments in an appeal Wednesday dealing with campaign finance reform. It will be the 55-year-old justice's first case.
Among those who attended were members of Congress and the Obama administration, including Attorney General Eric Holder, who formally introduced Sotomayor to those gathered.