Bronx native and Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor was recently at the Fordham Law Film Festival to lead a discussion on the legal drama 12 Angry Men, the 1957 film about a murder trial with a hung jury. Speaking to a room of over 500 people, she spoke about the profound impact the film had on her life and decision to pursue law. According to the NY Times, she said "It sold me that I was on the right path."
Sotomayor also gave a critique of the legal process in the 1957 film, saying that the prosecution's case was weak. Above is a clip from 12 Angry Men that teaches us a nice lesson on how to deal with bigots. And given the level of prejudice we're seeing in our state lately, it might not be a bad idea to give it a look.