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Sonia Sotomayor Gives No Hints On Health Care Decision

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Supreme Court Associate Justice Sonia Sotomayor is introduced to speak at the University of the District of Columbia's David Clarke School of Law "Joseph Rauh, Jr., Conversation" in Washington, Monday, April 2, 2012. (AP Photo/Cliff Owen) | AP

WASHINGTON -- Justice Sonia Sotomayor is giving no hints on what the Supreme Court is going to do on the question of whether President Barack Obama's signature health care overhaul law is constitutional.

Sotomayor was the featured speaker Monday night at a lecture hosted by the University of the District of Columbia.

The court recently heard arguments on the health care law and is expected to make a decision before the end of June. But Sotomayor made no comment on the widely followed case.

The justice used most of her conversation with Wade Henderson, president of the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights, to explain how the Supreme Court works and how she decided to become a lawyer and a prosecutor.

Sotomayor also said she's a fan of Jeremy Lin, whose NBA career with the New York Knicks has spawned "Linsanity." Sotomayor, a New York native, says "New York loves him" but decried some of the racist comments the Asian-American basketball player has faced as "ugly."

"It's a sad statement people that people still say those words," said Sotomayor, who is Hispanic.

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