Sotomayor’s first day on bench in public session, Ricky Martin attends

September 8, 2009

Justice Sonia Sotomayor received a warm welcome from her fellow Supreme Court colleagues on her first day on the bench in a public session attended by such luminaries as President Barack Obama and singer Ricky Martin.

Sotomayor, 55, is the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court and only the third woman. She wore the standard black judicial robe, with a white lace collar, known as a jabot, that was given to her by her colleague, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg.

The investiture marked the third ceremony for Sotomayor since the Senate approved her nomination in early August. USA-COURT/SOTOMAYOR

The other eight Supreme Court members took the bench for the latest ceremony which lasted about six minutes and included her reciting the judicial oath.

It ended with Chief Justice John Roberts, on behalf of the entire court, extending to the former federal judge from New York a “warm welcome” and wishing her “a long and happy career in our common calling.”

Then, Roberts and Sotomayor walked down the front steps of the building and stood briefly on the plaza, directly across from the U.S. Capitol, for photographs. “Tell me when you have enough,” a smiling Sotomayor said to the photographers.

A Supreme Court spokeswoman confirmed that singer Ricky Martin was among the several hundred people who attended the ceremony, but had no other details on why the Puerto Rican-born pop singer had been invited. Sotomayor’s parents were from Puerto Rico.

Photo credit: Reuters/Jason Reed (Sotomayor in front of Supreme Court)


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Orgullo… proud of my fellow latina. Your hard work has paid off and a example for all that anything is possible!

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Go To the best Rick

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It’s a real pride for all Latinos

Posted by MBoricua | Report as abusive

This only goes to show that no matter who you are where you come from nothing in this life is imposible. “what ever your mind can concive it can be achive” Ollugossa de ser Latina!!!!

Posted by EvaBarela | Report as abusive

Congratulations to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor. Ricky Martin was there because he was personally invited. Two sources of hispanic pride.

Posted by D. Bryers | Report as abusive

HOW SAD that pop stars have become the focus in our Supreme Court. It’s very telling of where society is headed…

Posted by J.D. | Report as abusive

Nobody has to feel sad because Ricky Martin was there not as an entertainer but a responsible human being after all the humanitarian work he has been doing.Society needs such activists in order to change the way it is headed.

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