Sonia Sotomayor sworn in as US Supreme Court justice


Sonia Sotomayor made history Saturday when she was sworn in as America’s first Hispanic Supreme Court justice. She is only the third female justice in the court’s 220-year history.

The 55-year-old, who was born in the New York City borough of the Bronx, took the judicial oath twice from Chief Justice John Roberts. The first ceremony was private. A second ritual was held in front of Sotomayor’s friends, family and the media.

Sotomayor received a confirmation on Thursday as the Senate voted 68-31 to approve her. Most Republican senators voted against her, but nine joined their Democratic colleagues.

Sotomayor, the daughter of Puerto Rican parents, has been a federal judge for 17 years. President Barack Obama nominated her in May to take the place of Justice David Souter after Souter announced his retirement.

On Sept. 8, the court will convene for a formal ceremony to welcome her.