Sotomayor: Court needs greater diversity, in several ways

NEW YORK (AP) — Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says the nation’s highest court needs more diversity in personal background and professional experience.

During a talk at Brooklyn Law School, Sotomayor didn’t mention Judge Merrick Garland’s nomination. He’s highly respected but wouldn’t add racial, religious, or educational diversity to the court.

The court’s first Latina justice says she feels there’s “a disadvantage” to having a court made up entirely of Ivy League graduates who are either Catholic or Jewish, several of them from New York. She notes that none specialized in criminal defense outside white-collar settings.

The court’s first Latina justice has said before the court could benefit from more diversity. Her remarks Friday come amid a nomination in unusual limbo.

Senate Republicans have said they won’t confirm anyone before the presidential election.