No thanks to Supreme Court Justice Sonia Sotomayor.
Hat tip: smokefire
NEW HAVEN — Frank Ricci, a firefighter whose name became synonymous with a six-year legal fight for a promotion he believed was improperly denied, received his lieutenant’s badge Thursday.
He was joined by 13 other members of the so-called New Haven 20.
In the audience, the lawyer who brought their case to the U.S. Supreme Court sat in the front row, wiping away tears as her clients walked by.
“The important thing to remember is 14 plaintiffs are getting their badges today, but it took 20 to make history,” Ricci said Thursday afternoon as he prepared to march into the packed auditorium at Wilbur Cross High School.
The Ricci case was the sixth Wise Latina decision to be flipped by the Supreme Court.