Sotomayor clarifies ‘wise Latina’ comment, says she was trying to inspire Hispanics

Sotomayor clarifies ‘wise Latina’ comment

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor says she doesn’t believe that “any racial or ethnic group has an advantage in sound judgment.”

She was asked Tuesday at her Senate confirmation hearing to clarify her controversial remark that a “wise Latina” might be able to make better decisions than a white man.

Sotomayor told Judiciary Committee Chairman Patrick Leahy that she used those words in an effort to inspire groups of young Hispanics to believe that “they could become anything they wanted to become.”

The high court nominee said she believes different life experiences enrich the legal system.

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