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Formal welcome for Sotomayor

September 09, 2009|Times Wire Reports

Justice Sonia Sotomayor took her seat at the Supreme Court in front of a packed courtroom that included President Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. The ceremony was just for show: Sotomayor and the rest of the court will return today for arguments in a key case about campaign finance law.

Sotomayor, 55, last month became the first Latino and third woman to be a justice. She took the oath of office in a ceremony where the court formally welcomes its newest member.

Atty. Gen. Eric H. Holder Jr. presented Sotomayor's ivory-colored commission from Obama. Chief Justice John G. Roberts Jr. administered the oath, after which Sotomayor took her seat at the end of the bench to Roberts' left, next to Justice Stephen G. Breyer.

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