Justice Sonia Sotomayor Rules: Dominican Men Have Best Salsa Beat

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File photo, Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor speaks at San Jose State University in San Jose, Calif., Monday, Oct. 20, 2014. (AP Photo/Jeff Chiu, Pool)AP

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor issued quite a ruling that had some of her fellow justices cracking up.

When it comes to leading a woman in a salsa dance, "the best dancers in terms of keeping a beat are Dominicans, the worst are Cubans,” said Sotomayor at a Yale alumni reception honoring her, Justice Samuel Alito and Clarence Thomas, according to The Washington Post's Robert Barnes.

Amid laughter, Justice Thomas told her that was profiling.

“It is, but it proves itself right a lot,” said Sotomayor, whose is Puerto Rican and was raised in New York City. “Cubans have these very tight little steps. Never dance with a Cuban. And Puerto Ricans I can dance with, too.”

Sotomayor explained she "cannot keep a beat to save my life," but is good at following. This was promptly picked up by the conservative justice Alito - whose opinions are usually quite different than hers- who said laughing they will start dancing in the Supreme Court conference room.


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