U.S. Supreme Court
The Most Popular Justice? Sotomayor Reports Gifts
Posted Jun 21, 2012 5:32 AM CST
By Debra Cassens Weiss
The U.S. Supreme Court’s first Hispanic justice is apparently popular with the public.
Financial disclosure forms filed by Justice Sonia Sotomayor reveal she is getting gifts, though few are large enough to list separately, report CNN and the Associated Press. "During 2011 many people sent me gifts of books, art, jewelry and trinkets," Sotomayor wrote. "I have no reason to believe that any of those items exceeded the $335 limit" requiring separate reporting.
She did, however, list gifts of $1,400 in china and a "translucent composite print" valued at $6,000 from artist Robert Weingarten. Sotomayor selected the images in the print, including the Supreme Court and Yankee Stadium, AP says. The artist will display a copy at an upcoming show.
Eight of the nine justices filed the disclosure forms; Justice Samuel A. Alito Jr. sought an extension. Two justices—Antonin Scalia and Stephen G. Breyer—reported income from book sales of $18,755 and $45,000 respectively. They are also the most traveled justices, CNN says. Breyer had 21 out-of-town, expense paid business trips, slightly more than Scalia.