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10 Things You Should Know About Sonia Sotomayor

This morning President Obama nominated federal judge Sonia Sotomayor to the Supreme Court. Most of you said a while back that you would like to see a woman nominated to the highest court. Well you got your wish! Here are 10 other things you need to know about Obama's nominee.

  1. She was appointed federal judge by Republican president George Bush.
  2. She was born in the Bronx, NY, to Puerto Rican parents. Her mother raised her in a housing project, and her father died when she was nine years old.
  3. After graduating from Princeton, she went to Yale Law School, and served as the editor of Yale Law Review.
  4. She got real Law and Order experience, working for five years as a prosecutor with the Manhattan District Attorney's office.
  5. She's known for saving baseball because she issued a key injunction against team owners in 1995. It brought major league baseball back after a strike that caused the cancellation of the 1994 World Series.

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  1. She'll presumably be on the court for a while, as she's only 54 years old.
  2. She's the first Hispanic person to be nominated to the Supreme Court.
  3. If she's confirmed by the Senate, she will be only the third woman to ever serve on the Supreme Court.
  4. She thinks her background is an asset. She once said: "I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn't lived that life."
  5. An episode of Perry Mason inspired her to become a judge.


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