Sotomayor tells Senate panel judges must not seek to ‘please the home crowd’

Sotomayor: Judges shouldn’t worry about popularity

WASHINGTON — Supreme Court nominee Sonia Sotomayor says judges in the United States do not, and must not, base their rulings on what they think would be popular.

On the third day of her confirmation hearings before the Senate Judiciary Committee, the native of South Bronx, N.Y., was asked Wednesday to say what style or profile she thought judges should adopt from the bench.

The 55-year-old Sotomayor replied: “We don’t render decisions to please the home crowd or any other crowd.”

She said her point was that judges must focus on getting the law right and cannot concern themselves with how their rulings would be taken, either in the United States or around the world.

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