Sotomayor Raked in More than $3M with Best-Selling Memoir

Saturday, 08 Jun 2013 04:11 PM

By Todd Beamon

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Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor has made more than $3 million on her top-selling memoir, including $1.9 million in royalty advances she received last year.

According to her 2012 financial disclosure form, Sotomayor indicated that she received $1 million in April 2012 and $925,000 in December from the Knopf Doubleday Group in anticipation of “My Beloved World,” The Legal Times reports.

The book, which was published in both English and Spanish, was issued in January. The justice’s financial disclosure form was released on Friday.

Sotomayor, 58, had earlier reported receiving a $1.2 million advance in 2010. She also listed more than $3,000 in reimbursements for book-promotion expenses from the publisher in 2012, the Legal Times reports.

The book spent four weeks at No. 1 on the nonfiction best-seller list of The New York Times.

Sotomayor, like other justices, reported many reimbursed trips for speaking engagements before bar and law-school audiences.

In a footnote, she said that she was in both Guam and Hawaii on the same day in December “due to the impact of crossing the international dateline,” the Legal Times reports.

Meanwhile, Justice Stephen Breyer reported royalties of $29,980 from Random House for his 2011 book, “Making Our Democracy Work,” and retired Justice Sandra Day O'Connor received less than $1,600 from Random House for royalties on her previous books.

Retired Justice John Paul Stevens reported $14,000 in payments for book reviews he wrote for The New York Review of Books in 2012, the Legal Times reports.

Under federal law, justices must report gifts valued at more than $350.

To that end, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg reported a $2,500 gift bag from Glamour magazine as a “Woman of the Year,” while Justice Antonin Scalia said he received a shotgun worth $1,000 from the National Wild Turkey Federation, according to the Legal Times.



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