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Ketanji Brown Jackson faces Senate panel vote ahead of confirmation expected this week

The Senate Judiciary Committee is expected to vote on party lines — 11-11 — barring any unforeseen circumstances, but there are ways the panel or Senate Democrats still in power can cast their nominations for a confirmation vote. day to come. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first black woman to become a Supreme Court justice.

Senate Republicans and Democratic leaders agree that Jackson is a worthy candidate. Jackson, 51, sits on D.C.’s federal appellate court and was considered the frontrunner for the vacancy since Justice Stephen Breuer announced his retirement. Jackson previously worked for Breuer as a clerk, a federal public defender, an attorney in private practice, a federal district court judge, and a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission.

“Clarity and fairness, that’s Judge Jackson,” Illinois Democratic Sen. Dick Durbin, chairman of the Judiciary Committee, said last week. “She sets aside her personal views, evaluates the facts, hears the arguments, then she interprets and applies the law taking into account the limits of judicial authority.”

“He is the best and deserves our support,” he said.

But a majority of Senate Republicans would oppose Jackson. So far, Maine Sen. Susan Collins is the only Republican who has said she would support Jackson.
South Carolina Senator Lindsey Graham, who a year ago backed Jackson for his current job, said last week that he would oppose him, citing his conviction on child pornography counts and over-representation of detainees at Guantanamo Bay. Happened.
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson navigates GOP senators, citing Scalia and Barrett;  written question

Graham, a member of the Judiciary Committee, said that while Jackson displayed “extraordinarily good character”, she was very lenient in punishing those cases and called on former President George W. Bush and former Defense Secretary Donald Rumsfeld to “warm”. worker enthusiasm”. He advocated a captive as criminals in a nutshell.

“My decision is based on his record of judicial activism, flawed sentencing methods with respect to child pornography cases, and a belief that Judge Jackson will not deviate from the plain meaning of the law when it comes to liberal causes,” Graham said.

Nation World News’s in-depth review of child pornography cases revealed that Jackson mostly followed normal judicial sentencing practices. It has become the norm among judges to issue sentences below guidelines in cases that do not involve the creation of pornography itself. As for her advocacy for Guantanamo detainees, Jackson argued that they had been tortured and subjected to other inhumane treatment, but did not explicitly use the phrase “war criminal”. Four of Jackson’s captive clients pleaded not guilty and were eventually released from Guantanamo.

Durbin contradicted Graham on both issues on the Senate floor last week, calling Jackson “in the mainstream” of child pornography cases and saying Republicans have also voted for President Donald Trump’s judges who do “exactly the same thing.” Do what she does.” He said it was a “gross exaggeration and unfair on its face” to say that Jackson had called Bush administration officials “war criminals.”

It is rare for the Senate Judiciary Committee to tie on a Supreme Court nomination. But the nomination battle has become increasingly contentious, and the current Senate is split 50-50, so the panel has the same number of Democrats and Republicans, with the majority party not having more seats.

Over the past five decades, the panel has once been at a standstill over Clarence Thomas, who is facing allegations of sexual assault. The thirteen judges – William Rehnquist, John Paul Stevens, Sandra Day O’Connor, Antonin Scalia, Anthony Kennedy, David Souter, Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Stephen Breuer, John Roberts, Samuel Alito, Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh – Committee passed.

In 1987, the Democrats controlling the committee voted to unfavorably recommend President Ronald Reagan’s candidate, Robert Bork, on ideological grounds. And in 2020, Democrats boycotted a committee vote on Amy Connie Barrett, arguing that the chamber should not consider the lifetime appointment of President Donald Trump while the country was voting in the presidential election.

In the Trump era, Senate Republicans tightened the Conservatives’ hold on the court from 5-4 to 6-3, after capturing President Barack Obama’s nominee Merrick Garland during another election year—2016 and then confirming Gorsuch in 2017. done, and in 2020 Connie Barrett to replace the late Ginsberg. Jackson’s confirmation would likely replace one moderate – Breyer – with another.

“I think all indications are that Judge Jackson is going to be a liberal activist off the bench,” said Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell on Fox last week. “But the good news for people like me is that the court is still 6-3.”

He said, “We have undergone massive changes in the last four years, which I think has put the court in a very solid position with a large number of judges who believe in the bizarre notion that perhaps a The judge should follow the law.”

Nation World News’s Tierney Snead and Daniel Dale contributed to this report.

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