U.S. Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor said before the judiciary committee that her controversial statement that a “wise Latina” could reach a better decision than a white man was a poorly expressed but valid point about the value of differing perspectives in applying the law.
Under questioning from Republican Sen. John Cornyn of Texas on the third day of her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing, Sotomayor said the remark she made in several past speeches was never intended to mean that one gender, ethnic or racial group was better than another.
“It is clear from the attention that my words have gotten and the manner in which it has been understood by some people that my words failed,” Sotomayor said. “They didn’t work.”
However, she defended the point she was trying to make, and said Supreme Court justices including Sandra Day O’Connor and Samuel Alito had expressed similar thoughts.
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