2009, Supreme Court Justice, Sonia Sotomayor


This U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor History Mug is one of a collection of U.S. Supreme Court biographical mugs. An image of Sonia Sotomayor and a short biography are features of this history mug.

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Sonia Sotomayor is the first Hispanic Supreme Court Justice.  She was nominated by Obama and confirmed by a 68-31 vote of the Senate.  She grew up in one of New York’s housing projects.  She is known for extensive preparation for oral arguments and running a “hot bench” where she asks lawyers lots of questions.  Her rulings favor First Amendment Rights, for both individuals and the press.  Known as a strong voice for the rights of the accused, she has called for reforming criminal justice adjudication.  Sotomayor is one of the most liberal of the current Supreme Court Justices but less liberal than her predecessors, Thurgood Marshall or John M. Harlan.

US Supreme Court

The Supreme Court of the United States is the highest federal court of the United States, established in 1788 pursuant to Article Three of the U.S. Constitution.  It has the ultimate jurisdiction over all federal and state court cases involving federal laws.  The Court normally consists of the Chief Justice and eight associate justices, who are nominated by the President and confirmed by the Senate.  Justices have lifetime tenure unless they resign, retire or are removed after impeachment.  The Supreme Court is one of the three branches of the federal government which also includes the Executive (President) and Legislative (Senate and House of Representatives).

This U.S. Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor History Mug is part of our U.S. Supreme Court series which includes all the U.S. Supreme Court Justices.

The biographical History Mugs were created to teach and inspire individuals to learn about our diverse and interesting history.  The biographies were researched and written by history enthusiast, Robert Compton.  He colorized most of the historic photos and images used on the mugs, which were originally black and white or sepia tone.  The images and biographies are imprinted on mugs at his studio in rural Vermont.

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