Ketanji Brown Jackson is going down in history as the first African-American judge of the United States Supreme Court. This time the confirmation comes from the Senate as they elevate the federal court judge to the top court.
The 51-year-old dynamic judge underwent more than 23 hours of grilling and questioning along with a lot of criticism from the Republicans. However, Ketaji got what she truly deserves. Read on to know more about the Senate meeting and who is she going to replace at the Supreme Court.
Who will Ketanji replace?
Ketanji Brown Jackson is replacing Retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, 83, who was confirmed to the bench in 1994. It is a proud moment for Ketanji as she did her clerkship under Justice Stephen.
She would be replacing her mentor by writing down history as the first African-American judge of the US Supreme Court. Justice Stephen Breyer was nominated by President Bill Clinton and replaced retiring justice, Harry Blackmun. The 83-year old judge is generally associated with the liberal wing of the Court.
The Senate confirms Ketanji
The Senate confirmed Ketanji’s elevation to the United States Supreme Court yesterday, making her the 116th judge to serve on the apex court of the United States. The 52-47 final vote reflected bipartisan support for Jackson.
The victory came as three Republicans joined all Democrats to elevate the 51-year old federal court judge to the Supreme Court. Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y. said, “This is a great moment for Judge Jackson, but it is a greater moment for America as we rise to a more perfect union.”
Judge Jackson’s confirmation was a historic moment for our nation. We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America. She will be an incredible Justice, and I was honored to share this moment with her. pic.twitter.com/K8SAh25NL5
— President Biden (@POTUS) April 7, 2022
Interestingly, Ketanji is elevated for a lifetime appointment at the Apex Court. Ketanji Brown Jackson was President Joe Biden’s first choice for Supreme Court nominee. The President of the United States stated on Twitter:
“Judge Jackson’s confirmation was a historic moment for our nation,” Biden said in a tweet after the vote. We’ve taken another step toward making our highest court reflect the diversity of America. She will be an incredible Justice, and I was honoured to share this moment with her.”
Ketanji’s major achievements
- Authored two majority opinions, including one in favour of public-sector unions that challenged a regulation restricting their bargaining powers under the Trump Government.
- Presided over a three-judge panel against Trump’s bid to prevent White House Records from being handed to the House of Representatives committee that investigated the attack on the Capitol by a mob of Trump supporters.
- Presided over a three-judge panel that refused to block Biden’s Covid-19 pandemic-related eviction moratorium (later overturned by the SC)
Interestingly, Ketanji will be the first Supreme Court judge to have served as a public defender. Democrats have stated that this experience will bring a fresh perspective to the historically homogenous court.
If you don’t know what a public defender is, let me help. A public defender is assigned to safeguard the rights of people who are economically weak or are unable to hire their counsel. Having a public defender is a part of your constitutional right.
However, Republicans have continued to challenge Ketanji’s experience throughout her appointment process. First, they questioned her for delivering lenient judgements in n sentencing child-porn offenders, now they are accusing her of sympathising with the views or actions of her past clients like detainees at the Guantanamo Bay military prison in Cuba.
I have read Ketanji’s judgements and I believe that she is a strong judge with some notable rulings. She has a diverse and ripe experience to take over this highly-regarded responsibility of delivering justice. the Supreme Court is about to experience a wind of change. What do you think?