Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor Claims She ‘Cried’ Over Rulings

U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor claimed on Friday that she “wept” over the conservative-leaning Supreme Court’s decision.

Sotomayor told an audience at Harvard University’s Radcliffe Institute that the Supreme Court decision, in which she disagreed with the majority opinion, “moved me to tears.” according to To the New York Times.

“We have to give our lives, even when we can’t physically do it. There have been days when I came to my office after the cases were announced and I closed the door and cried. There have been days like that. And there will be more,” Sotomayor said.

“There are moments when I feel really, really sad,” she continued. “And, yes, there are moments when I feel hopeless, as everyone does. But you have to accept it. You have to let the tears flow. And you have to wipe them away, get up and fight some more. It’s not a choice.”

Radcliffe Dean Tomiko Brown Nagin presented Sotomayor with the Radcliffe Medal at the end of the event. according to Published in Harvard Magazine, the judges appointed by President Obama were described as “impartial adjudicators” who are “always aware of the human impact of legal decisions.”

Former President Donald Trump secured a 6-3 conservative majority on the Supreme Court. confirmation Neil Gorsuch was sworn in as a senator in April 2017, Brett Kavanaugh in October 2018, and Amy Coney Barrett in October 2020. In June 2022, the Supreme Court overturned the landmark 1973 Roe v. Wade decision, returning the power to regulate and restrict abortion to state governments. (Related: “Let’s make the news tonight!”: Trump drops hints to reporters about VP pick)

Justice Sotomayor has previously expressed “dissatisfaction” with her colleagues. At a January 2024 event at the University of California, Berkeley, she said she would be “really shocked” when a conservative justice won a case.