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Thursday, December 01, 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as Supreme Court justice during historic ceremony

Ketanji Brown Jackson was sworn in as a co-judge of the U.S. Supreme Court, which is the first time in U.S. history that a black woman sits on the country’s highest judicial body.

Stephen Breyer, who retired as a judge minutes before the swearing-in ceremony, and Chief Justice John Roberts took the oath to President Joe Biden’s 51-year-old nominee.

Thursday is the first time in history that four women have been together in the Supreme Court. Jackson joins Sonia Sotomayor and Elena Kagan, two Liberals nominated by President Barack Obama, and the conservative Amy Coney Barrett, a Donald Trump nominee. It is also the first time that white men do not make up a majority of judges.

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“It took 232 years and 115 previous appointments for a black woman to be elected to serve in the United States Supreme Court,” Jackson said after Congress confirmed her appointment in April. “But we made it. We made it. All of us. “

She is also the first former public protector on the country’s highest court.

Jackson joins a high court that is embroiled in unrest. Last week, its six Conservative members lifted abortion rights for millions of people through Roe v. Overthrowing Wade, though several of them had previously admitted that the 1973 case was a precedent set. Judge Clarence Thomas said in his concurrent opinion last week that it was paving the way for the court to reverse its previous rulings that protect access to birth control and same-sex marriage.

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Public opinion of the court is at a record low, according to a Gallup poll conducted in June. Only a quarter of Americans reported having confidence in court, 11 percentage points lower than last year, the survey found.

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