Sotomayor says outside forces make Supreme Court seem political, not justices

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor says any sense that the court is political comes from outside groups, not the justices themselves.

Sotomayor tells a New York audience that politicians on both sides have seized on the different approaches the justices use for interpreting laws and the Constitution.

She says Republicans tend to embrace Justice Antonin Scalia's method of looking strictly at the text, while Democrats prefer to talk about "the living Constitution" as a document that can adapt to changing times. She says both are valid ways of interpreting the law that justices use to avoid making arbitrary decisions, but "the world around us has politicized what we've done."

Sotomayor's remarks came in response to a question during an appearance at the New York Public Library.

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