U.S. Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor didn't earn the confirmation votes of the senators from Kansas, Oklahoma, Utah or Wyoming, but she is now the court's designated "circuit justice" for the U.S. 10th Circuit, which includes those states as well as Colorado and New Mexico.That will make her the justice to receive and perhaps decide certain emergency requests from the Denver-based 10th Circuit, including restraining orders and stays of execution. She'll also participate in the 10th Circuit's annual conferences. Though she replaced Justice David Souter on the bench, she is replacing Justice Stephen Breyer as the circuit justice.
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