Retired Supreme Court Justice Sandra Day O'Connor brought her book tour to the Washington law firm of Wiley Rein on Wednesday, shrugging off negative reviews and deflecting a question about her views on same-sex marriage.
"I do not give the court advice on pending cases," O'Connor said when asked how she would vote on the same-sex marriage cases argued last week before the court she left in 2006.
Wiley partner Andrew McBride, who clerked for O'Connor 25 years ago, introduced her to a large crowd in the firm's auditorium and engaged in a dialogue with her before she signed copies of her book Out of Order.
McBride said the book, which aims to humanize the court through anecdotes about the justices and court traditions through history, had gotten rave reviews. But O'Connor interjected that not all reviews were positive -- a clear reference to The New York Times review by reporter Adam Liptak, who panned it as "a disjointed collection of anodyne anecdotes and bar-association bromides."