I have edited the previous post, adding the link to Judge Sotomayor's 2001 speech, which was printed in a 2002 journal.
In the interest of fairness (and to save you the effort), here is the offending line, which I have already criticized:
"I would hope that a wise Latina woman with the richness of her experiences would more often than not reach a better conclusion than a white male who hasn’t lived that life."
But while we are quoting lines out of context, I also offer another example, which better reflects the thrust of the whole speech:
"The aspiration to impartiality is just that--it's an aspiration because it denies the fact that we are by our experiences making different choices than others."
Still, where I stand against both Sotomayor and her critics is that they all operate as if white male judges have no background or experience to bring into the courtroom. Sotomayor thinks that's a bad thing, her critics think it's a good thing.
The truth is it's a fantasy. Aspirations of impartiality aside, even white males bring their background and experiences into the courtroom, for good or ill.