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Fact Check-Justice Sotomayor misidentified dining out in Washington D.C.

Social media users are sharing a photograph that they claim shows Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dining with Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C., after earlier in the day carrying out her legal duties remotely due to COVID-19. Users cite a posting on Politico as the source, but the news website subsequently corrected the posting with an advisory to readers as the photograph does not show Sotomayor.

Users’ examples can be seenhere and here .

The text in one post reads: “Justice Sotomayor, who participated in yesterday’s SCOTUS arguments remotely from her chambers, seen last night at Le Diplomate with Speaker Pelosi, Senate Majority Leader Schumer and Sens. Klobuchar and Durban, per Politico. They are all laughing at us.”

The photograph and tip that Sotomayor was dining out was sent in by a person to Politico and published in the “Playbook” newsletter (archived here , and updated here ).

The page now includes the following: “Editor’s Note: We published an item atop today’s Playbook that erroneously placed Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor dining with Democratic leaders at a Washington restaurant Friday night. The person who sent us the tip and the picture mistook Iris Weinshall, wife of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, for the justice. POLITICO standards require we verify this information. The editor who received the tip failed to do so in this case. We deeply regret the error. The corrected version of the newsletter is published below.”

Photographs of Weinshall can be seen here and here , and photographs of Sotomayor can be seen here and here .

VERDICT

False. The photograph shows Iris Weinshall, wife of Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, not Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor, dining with Democratic leaders in Washington, D.C.

This article was produced by the Reuters Fact Check team. Read more about our fact-checking work  here  .         

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