U. S. Court of Appeals Judge Sonia Sotomayor wins confirmation as the nation's 111th Supreme Court justice and the first ever of Hispanic descent. The new justice is seen here leaving the federal courthouse in Manhattan and reacting to the news.
The vote was 68 to 31. The support included nine Republican 'yes' votes and 59 from the Democratic side of the aisle. All 31 votes against Sotomayor came from Republicans.
Sotomayor becomes the third woman to serve on the Supreme Court, following Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and former Justice Sandra Day O'Connor. President Barack Obama, remarking on the confirmation, calls it "a wonderful day for America."
The New York Times publishes a wonderful sidebar to today's news, describing Sotomayor's historic confirmation as "arguably the highest rung that any Puerto Rican has yet reached in this country [and] a watershed event for Puerto Rican New York.