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Judge Sonia Sotomayor has spoken for years about how her experiences as a Latina woman have influenced her public and private life.

In her speeches, she often discussed her "Latina soul" and explained how even the traditional dishes of her Puerto Rican family shaped her views.

And she often said that she hoped those experiences would help her reach better judicial conclusions than someone without such a varied background might reach. Read full article »

CNN's Dana Bash and Emily Sherman contributed to this report.

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