In a 68-31 vote Thursday, the Senate confirmed Judge Sonia Sotomayor's nomination to the U.S. Supreme Court, making her the first Hispanic and third woman on the high court. She will be sworn in Saturday at the Supreme Court by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. Administering the oath at the Court bucks a recent trend of having a White House ceremony. In changing the custom, the president is heeding some justices' concerns that a White House ceremony sends the message that justices are beholden to their appointing president.
In Divided Vote, Senate Confirms Sotomayor for High Court
The National Law Journal
August 7, 2009