Skip to comments.Sotomayor to Be Sworn in As Justice Saturday
Posted on 08/08/2009 7:41:14 AM PDT by kellynla
WASHINGTON -- Sonia Sotomayor, her family and friends are gathering at the Supreme Court for her swearing-in as the court's first Hispanic, third woman and 111th justice.
Chief Justice John Roberts is to preside Saturday at two ceremonies that will officially make Sotomayor a high court justice.
Sotomayor, 55, has been a federal judge for 17 years. President Barack Obama nominated her in May to take the place of Justice David Souter, who has retired. The Senate confirmed Sotomayor's nomination Thursday by a 68-31 vote.
Before she can begin her new job, though, she has to take two oaths.
In a private ceremony in the justices' conference room, Roberts will administer an oath that the Constitution requires of all federal officials, to "support and defend" the Constitution. Then, in a public ceremony that is expected to be aired live on some cable networks, he will give Sotomayor a second oath in which she pledges to "administer justice" fairly and impartially, as prescribed by a 220-year-old federal law.
After that, the newest justice can get to work, although the court won't hear arguments until Sept. 9, in a key campaign finance case.
The entire court will convene a day earlier, however, for a formal ceremony to welcome Sotomayor. Many presidents have been on hand to see their nominees take their seat on the Supreme Court bench for the first time. President George W. Bush attended Roberts' ceremony in October 2005.
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“Supreme Court for her swearing-in as the court’s first Hispanic?”
Sonia Sotomayor NOT the first Hispanic for US Supreme Court
I have a prior commitment...
Do I go to the swearing in of a racist socialist to the Supreme Court or to the party for my conservative Christian friends who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary...
Oh, to be twins at a time like this...
Looks like 0bama may have his ‘Judge Freisler’ in place.
Another dog shoved onto the soopreme kort with the help of eight phony Republicrats.
It’s over. God Save the Republic.
Flags at half mast today
Man! She looks JUST LIKE HIM!!!!
SILENCE FOOLS! All bow and show your devotion to The Wise Latina.
Hillary will be celebrating right along with La Raza.
I wonder sometimes why we bother with a swearing in ceremony any more. There was a day when taking an oath meant something but now it is just a ceremony. As I have said before our political campaigns are largely contests to see who can promise to violate the constitution in the most imaginative ways and then the winner swears to preserve, protect and defend the constitution with ABSOLUTELY no intention of doing so.
Sonia Sotamayor CERTAINLY has no intention of doing anything BUT violate the constitution. With her brand of preserve, protect and defend we may as well burn the document and be honest about it.