President Joe Biden has announced his choice for Supreme Court nominee, after weeks of public speculation. He’s nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson, and while plenty of Republicans have criticized Biden’s promise to select a nominee from the many qualified Black women with judicial experience, no one can reasonably question Jackon’s experience.A White House announcement lists Ketanji Brown Jackson’s history in the judicial profession, from a stint as Supreme Court clerk for Justice Stephen Breyer (who is retiring, creating the vacancy Jackson is nominated to fill), to serving on the Vice Chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission under President Obama, to serving as a Judge on both the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia, and the U.S. Court of Appeals D.C. Circuit.
If confirmed, the White House notes, Jackson will also be the first former public defender, as well as the first Black woman, to serve on the Supreme Court.
From the official statement:
President Biden sought a candidate with exceptional credentials, unimpeachable character, and unwavering dedication to the rule of law. And the President sought an individual who is committed to equal justice under the law and who understands the profound impact that the Supreme Court’s decisions have on the lives of the American people.
That is why the President nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve as the next Justice on the Supreme Court. Judge Jackson is one of our nation’s brightest legal minds and has an unusual breadth of experience in our legal system, giving her the perspective to be an exceptional Justice.
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