Sotomayor is sworn in as Supreme Court justice

WASHINGTON (AP) - It's Justice Sotomayor now.

Sonia Sotomayor has been sworn in as the Supreme Court's first
Hispanic justice. She's only the third female justice in the
court's 220-year history.

Sotomayor took the second of two oaths of office Saturday from
Chief Justice John Roberts in an ornate conference room at the high
court, beneath a portrait of the legendary Chief Justice John
Marshall. She swore a first oath in a private ceremony minutes
earlier.

Sotomayor's mother, brother, other relatives and friends joined
her for the occasion.

In one oath, she promised to support and defend the
Constitution. In the second, she pledged to "administer justice"
fairly and impartially.

(Copyright 2009 by The Associated Press. All Rights Reserved.)


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