June 5th, 2009
07:24 PM ET
5 years ago

Sotomayor 'wise Latina' quote used on multiple occasions

New instances of Sotomayor's 'wise Latina' comments.
New instances of Sotomayor's 'wise Latina' comments.

WASHINGTON (CNN) - Judge Sotomayor spent three days on Capitol Hill this week telling senators the "wise Latina" quote from 2001 that's causing so much controversy was a "poor choice of words."

But looking through the documents she sent to Capitol Hill yesterday, it turns out she has used a version of that quote of multiple times in multiple addresses over the years.

Some examples:

–In a 1999 speech: "I would hope that a wise woman with the richness of her experiences
would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."

–In a 2002 speech to the Princeton club: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."

–In 2004, in a speech on women judges at Seton Hall Law School: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would, more often than not, reach a better conclusion."

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