Scalia jumps to Sotomayor's linguistic assistance

By Kimberly Atkins

The Daily Record Newswire

Justice Sonia Sotomayor has been on the Supreme Court bench for less than a year, but she already knows she can ask for help from her follow justices when she needs it.

While announcing the decision in the civil procedure case Krupski v. Costa Crociere yesterday morning, Sotomayor had trouble with the pronunciation of the defendant company's Italian name.

''I'm going to ask my colleague Justice Scalia to say it right,'' Sotomayor said, according to the Associated Press.

Scalia, whose father was a professor of Romance languages at Brooklyn College, was happy to help.

''Kroo-chee-ER-ay,'' said the Italian American jurist.

Sotomayor, whose family hails from Puerto Rico, was grateful for the assist.

''Kroo-chee-ER-ay,'' the Bronx-born Sotomayor repeated, adding, ''I want to put the Spanish accent on it.''

Published: Thu, Jun 17, 2010

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