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Sotomayor: Task Of Judge Is "To Apply The Law" Not "Make" Law

Judge Sonia Sotomayor on her judicial philosophy: "In the past month, many Senators have asked me about my judicial philosophy. It is simple: fidelity to the law. The task of a judge is not to make the law – it is to apply the law. And it is clear, I believe, that my record in two courts reflects my rigorous commitment to interpreting the Constitution according to its terms; interpreting statutes according to their terms and Congress’s intent; and hewing faithfully to precedents established by the Supreme Court and my Circuit Court. In each case I have heard, I have applied the law to the facts at hand."

Text: Judge Sonia Sotomayor's Opening Statement

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