New York – Judge Sonia Sotomayor, the first Latina on the United States Supreme Court and who identifies as Puerto Rican, assures that the most difficult part of her job is making decisions that go against her feelings, but that she can face it because she has faith in the system.
“The most difficult part of my job (is) when I have to say something contrary to what my feelings dictate or what I think is fair,” said Sotomayor, of Puerto Rican origin, during an interview with “Red Table Talk : The Estefans ”.
He stated that he can face that reality because he has faith in the system of government “and our system of law, and I believe that each one of us has a role in it.”
“That fundamental belief in the system is what allows me to continue,” he stated during the interview with singer Gloria Estefan and presenter Lili Estefan of the Univision network.
The judge was appointed in 2009 by then-President Barack Obama, a moment that, she confessed, brought tears to her even though, “as a strong girl from the Bronx,” she was not used to crying.
“I really didn’t think that President Obama was going to choose me. All those who were on the final list (of candidates for the Supreme Court) had been interviewed. And suddenly my cell phone rang ”with the call from the White House, he recalled.
“At that moment, my heart stopped,” said Sotomayor, from the Bronx, New York, where she grew up in a low-income public housing project.
He recalled that after the president informed him that he was his candidate for Supreme Court, he confessed to Obama his reaction. “I did something that I rarely do. I have that strong girl from the Bronx; I do not cry. And I say to him, ‘Mr. President, I’m crying,’ ”he said.
After that, he said, he faced confirmation hearings in the federal Senate “which were horrible.”
He also indicated that there have been times in his life when he has felt insecure: “I do not think that someone who comes from growing up in a difficult environment, who has gone through many difficulties in his life, has not experienced feeling insecure,” he considered.
According to the judge, “the difficulties and blows of life teach you that there are so many changes that are out of your control; the biggest obstacle to success is fear. “
The magistrate of the Supreme Court, made up of nine members, also indicated that she considers that there is a “wrong perception” of what law and justice are, and that most people think of both as synonyms.
“But the law is not choosing a side and not choosing who to help or not to help. That perception is what makes many people suspect the law and suspect its validity or its meaning.
“I think most see the law as justice. We (the judges) make decisions on issues in accordance with what the law says, and that is a very different process, “he said.