At an annual meeting of a liberal legal group in Washington, D.C., Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor on Thursday adopted a positive tone about the high court, saying that she hoped “to regain the public’s confidence that we — as a court, as an institution — have not lost our way.”
With looming decisions on abortion, gun rights, climate change and religion, Sotomayor suggested that the U.S. Supreme Court’s “mistakes” in high-profile cases can be corrected over time.
The liberal judge also cited her friendship with Justice Clarence Thomas and seemed to defend him.
“He is a man who cares deeply about the court as an institution, about the people who work there,” Sotomayor said.
Justice Sotomayor did not address other controversies in the court, including the leaked draft opinion of Roe v. Wade, nor the disclosures of Ginni Thomas being an active participant in the efforts to overturn the 2020 election.