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Judge Sotomayor praises Clarence Thomas: ‘He cares about people’


Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, one of the Court’s most outspoken liberals, praised fellow conservative Justice Clarence Thomas during a lecture at Roosevelt University in Chicago on Thursday night , noting his unique compassion for others.

Sotomayor was cited by CNN national political writer Eric Bradner saying:

I disagree with [Thomas] more than with any other justice. Which means we don’t meet on many cases. And yet, I can tell you that I spend time with him, knowing that he is one of the few judges who knows practically everyone in our building. He knows their name, he knows the things of their life, what their family is suffering. He will tell me, you know that person’s wife is sick at the moment, or that person’s child is having difficulties.

There is no other justice that does that. I try, but he does it better. He cares about people. Now he cares about legal interests differently. And he sees these legal issues much differently than I do. I tell people, you know Clarence believes, as he does, because he grew up very, very poor, that everyone is able to pick themselves up by their boots. I understand that some people fail to reach their bootstraps. This is a fundamental difference in how we perceive what the law can or should do for people. But I can appreciate it.

Thomas was known for his friendship with the late liberal icon, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg. Some Democrats are trying to have him impeached for his wife’s alleged support of efforts to challenge the result of the 2020 presidential election, for which she was questioned by the Jan. 6 Committee.

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