Justice Sotomayor admits she 'cries' after some decisions

 May 26, 2024

Liberal Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has made headlines in recent weeks regarding her candid -- and rare -- remarks about how she operates as a liberal SCOTUS justice. 

Perhaps the most bizarre admission came this week after she revealed during an interview at Harvard University's Radcliffe Institute that she cries in her chambers after some of the decisions are handed down, Fox News noted.

Sotomayor didn't specifcy which decisions made her "cry," but the conservative majority Supreme Court has handed down several decisions that upset Democrats and the left, especially on hot topics like abortion and guns.

The liberal justice has also been pressured by liberal groups that want her to retire now while President Joe Biden is still president, instead of risking a health issue that could take her out of the job under another Trump presidency.

What's going on

Sotomayor made it clear that she has emotional breakdowns behind the scenes at the high court, and indicated that it will probably continue to be a thing.

"There are days that I've come to my office after an announcement of a case and closed my door and cried," Sotomayor said. "There have been those days. And there are likely to be more."

She doubled down, saying that she even feels desperate at times.

"There are moments when I'm deeply, deeply sad," Sotomayor continued. "There are moments when, yes, even I feel desperation."

"We all do. But you have to own it, you have to accept it, you have to shed the tears, and then you have to wipe them and get up," Sotomayor said.

Fox News noted:

Sotomayor’s remarks came at the end of a public chat with Martha Minow, a former dean of Harvard Law School and human rights scholar.

Social media reacts

Many across socia media had quite a bit to say about Sotomayor's admission.

Another X user wrote, "I wouldn't be surprised if she leaked the draft that led to Roe v Wade being struck down. I think she rules on emotion and not the law."

Others continued that same sentiment, arguing that such emotions shouldn't play a role in deciding cases that affect the country potentially for decades or longer.

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