SCOTUS: Sotomayor Apparently Working Remotely Since Gorsuch Won’t Mask Up
Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been and plans to continue working from home instead of showing up at the U.S. Supreme Court because fellow Justice Neil Gorsuch refuses to wear a face mask on the job, according to a report by National Public Radio.
NPR reported Tuesday that the justices are a lot like “dysfunctional family”:
It was pretty jarring earlier this month when the justices of the U.S. Supreme Court took the bench for the first time since the omicron surge over the holidays. All were now wearing masks. All, that is, except Justice Neil Gorsuch. What’s more, Justice Sonia Sotomayor was not there at all, choosing instead to participate through a microphone setup in her chambers.
Sotomayor has diabetes, a condition that puts her at high risk for serious illness, or even death, from COVID-19. She has been the only justice to wear a mask on the bench since last fall when, amid a marked decline in COVID-19 cases, the justices resumed in-person arguments for the first time since the onset of the pandemic.
Now, though, the situation had changed with the omicron surge, and according to court sources, Sotomayor did not feel safe in close proximity to people who were unmasked. Chief Justice John Roberts, understanding that, in some form asked the other justices to mask up.
They all did. Except Gorsuch, who, as it happens, sits next to Sotomayor on the bench. His continued refusal since then has also meant that Sotomayor has not attended the justices’ weekly conference in person, joining instead by telephone.
Many are not surprised that Sotomayor harbors such fears given many of her previous stances. It was just last week when the seemingly leftist Supreme Court Justice was demonstrated to either lie or believe completely fabricated narratives surrounding the perceived danger of the Covid-19 pandemic, falsely claiming that 100,000 American children were hospitalized from coronavirus. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention themselves, on the other hand, have only reported just over 3,000 children hospitalized with Covid-19 since the beginning pandemic. The keyword there, “with,” indicates that all children counted here simply tested positive with the virus at the time of hospitalization, not that they necessarily made a trip to the emergency room because of the illness itself.
Discussions surrounding the Supreme Court of the United States have been hot-button as of late — it was just 5 days ago when SCOTUS ruled to block an executive Covid-19 shot mandate on private business while allowing a separate healthcare forced-inoculation order to stand.
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