miércoles, 9 de septiembre de 2009

La moda entre las juezas

Ayer martes Sonia Sotomayor fué bienvenida de manera formal por sus colegas de la Suprema Corte, en una ceremonia no oficial, pero festiva, leyeron su nombramiento y el juez Roberts le tomó el juramento.
Hoy miércoles comienza ya su labor con una audiencia excepcional en la pausa de verano. Se trata del caso Citizens United v. Federal Election Commission, sobre un documental de Hillary Clinton y la libertad de expresión.
Además de ser la primera audiencia de argumentos orales de Sotomayor, será también el debut de la primera solicitor general mujer, Elena Kagan, así es que todos los ojos del mundo judicial estarán puestos allí.
Y como muestra de que las jueces también se preocupan por banalidades como verse bonitas y que el batón negro les luzca, copio esta parte de la nota de Adam Liptak del New York Times, me encantó.  

Fall Fashion
Then there is the question of what Justice Sotomayor, the third female justice, plans to wear. The investiture ceremony provided an important preview.
In interviews with C-Span released last week, the court's first two female justices offered some implicit advice to Justice Sotomayor.
"I didn't know anyone who made robes for women justices," Justice Sandra Day O'Connor, who retired in 2006, said of the fashion problems that confronted her when she joined the court in 1981. "Most of what was available was something like a choir robe or an academic robe."
The solution, Justices O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg both said in the interviews, excerpted from a series of programs on the court that will begin on Oct. 4, is to add a feminine judicial collar. And both said they had had to turn to foreign sources to find one.
"I discovered that the only places you could get them were in England or France," Justice O'Connor said.
Justice Ginsburg pulled an item from her closet to show C-Span. "The robe is from England," she said, "but the collar is from Cape Town, South Africa." Consultation with a newsroom colleague revealed that the collar, which is circular and white, appeared to be made of crocheted lace.
On Tuesday, Justice Sotomayor wore a more elaborate collar, which also featured a rectangular flap of starched white fabric. Kathleen Arberg, the court's public information officer, said it was a jabot (pronounced zha-BO), spelling the term for a cluster of reporters. It was made in Quebec, Ms. Arberg said, and was a gift from Justice Ginsburg.
La nota completa aquí

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