Sotomayor pledges impartiality if confirmed

(AP) - Her confirmation all but assured, Sonia Sotomayor pledged Monday to serve the "larger interest of impartial justice" rather than any narrower cause if she becomes the first Hispanic on the U.S Supreme Court.

"My personal and professional experiences help me to listen and understand, with the law always commanding the result in every case," Sotomayor told senators at a televised confirmation hearing.

The remarks about judicial philosophy were her first since President Barack Obama nominated the New York-born and Ivy League-educated veteran of 17 years on the federal bench. They appeared aimed at Republicans who have questioned her commitment to impartiality in light of a 2001 remark that experience as a "wise Latina" might give her an advantage over white males.

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