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Sotomayor confirmation breaks barrier

Vote reflects rift between parties

Judge Betty Calvo-Torres (left) and Judge Faviola A. Soto (foreground) and others gathered at LatinoJustice in New York yesterday to watch as the US Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. Judge Betty Calvo-Torres (left) and Judge Faviola A. Soto (foreground) and others gathered at LatinoJustice in New York yesterday to watch as the US Senate confirmed Sonia Sotomayor as the first Hispanic justice on the Supreme Court. (Tina Fineberg/Associated Press)
By Joseph Williams
Globe Staff / August 7, 2009

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Sonia Sotomayor, whose up-from-poverty background impressed even her opponents, won Senate confirmation yesterday to become the first Hispanic to sit on the Supreme Court, breaking an ethnic barrier despite broad opposition from Republicans who called her ill-suited for the nation’s highest court. (Full article: 860 words)

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