Sotomayor says she sometimes cries over Supreme Court cases

By Jen Krausz on
 May 28, 2024

Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor said Friday while receiving an award that she sometimes cries over Supreme Court cases.

“There are days that I’ve come to my office after an announcement of a case and closed my door and cried,” Sotomayor said at the Radcliffe Institute for Advanced Study at Harvard University. “There have been those days. And there are likely to be more.”

She wasn't specific about which cases made her sad.

“There are moments when I’m deeply, deeply sad,” she said. “And there are moments when, yes, even I feel desperation. We all do. But you have to own it. You have to accept it. You have to shed the tears, and then you have to wipe them and get up and fight some more.”

Back in January, Sotomayor said the "losses" like the overturning of Roe v. Wade were "traumatizing" to her.

''I live in frustration," she said at the time. “Every loss truly traumatizes me in my stomach and in my heart."