Sotomayor Oath to Be Televised

Republicans feel they have dealt a blow to judicial empathy
By Nick McMaster,  Newser Staff
Posted Aug 7, 2009 5:28 PM CDT
In this July 15, 2009 file photo, Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., looks over the top of his glasses during the committee's confirmation hearing for Sonia Sotomayor, on Capitol Hill in Washngton.    (AP Photo/J. Scott Applewhite, File)
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(Newser) – Sonia Sotomayor will be sworn in to the Supreme Court on national television tomorrow morning, marking the first time the judicial oath administration has been broadcast, the Washington Post reports. The ceremony will take place at the Supreme Court in Washington, DC, following the practice of Samuel Alito, who broke a tradition of taking the oaths at the White House.

Sotomayor likely faces a daunting ride in her first days. She not only faces a key ruling on campaign finance reform, but is expected to learn Supreme Court procedure on her own. "There is no such thing as 'junior justice' training," one law professor says. Some certainties for Sotomayor: as junior justice, she speaks last, takes notes, records votes, and answers the door.