UPDATE: A White House source says President Barack Obama wanted the oath-taking to occur at the Supreme Court "as a symbol of the Court's independence." There will be a White House reception for Sotomayor next week, the source indicated.
In the wake of today's Senate vote confirming Sonia Sotomayor's confirmation to the Supreme Court, the Court announced that she will be sworn in by Chief Justice John Roberts Jr. on Saturday at 11 a.m. at the Supreme Court. She'll be given the constitutional oath of office in a private ceremony in the justices' conference room, followed by the judicial oath in the East Conference Room before a gathering of Sotomayor's friends and family. A formal investiture ceremony will take place on Sept. 8 with a special sitting of the Court.
Holding the ceremony at the Court rather than the White House is a significant break from recent practice, and represents something of a concession to the wishes of justices who have complained that the oath-taking has become an inappropriately political event.