SANTA FE – Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor delivered an impassioned plea to an admiring audience to get involved in politics and legislative elections during a public appearance at a private college perched in the hills of northern New Mexico.
Sotomayor walked the aisles of an auditorium, clasping hands with scores of people while fielding questions about judicial philosophy and describing her hard-scrabble upbringing in a Bronx tenement. Questions about current political affairs were off limits, St. John’s College President Mark Roosevelt noted, though it didn’t stop one woman from asking about a pending decision on immigration.
“We hear the politicians talking. How many of you have made your voices heard?” Sotomayor said. “Listen to me. Please don’t forget, laws don’t just happen to you. Laws are made and they’re made by the people you elect. So you have a voice, exercise it.”
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