Ketanji Brown Jackson on Principles & Values



OpEd: does affirmative action apply to qualified nominees?

Because Biden specified the race and gender of the person he would nominate as a Justice, Republicans have been up in arms about an age-old question of Affirmative Action. Some argued that the president is only trying to superficially diversify the courtroom by intentionally seeking out an underrepresented member of a marginalized group.

Conservative news pundit Tucker Carlson has recently been criticized for his racist remarks about the legitimacy of Jackson's experience and expertise. Carlson demanded to see Jackson's LSAT scores, attempting to build an aura of mystery around the affair as if Biden was scrambling to hide Jackson's law school application.

There have been many unsubstantiated rumors about how Jackson got into Harvard or about how much knowledge she really possesses about the legal system. These events commonly play out when minorities enter positions of power.

Source: The Signal of TCNJ on 2022 SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Mar 1, 2022

Thanked God, one can only come this far by faith

Jackson's own speech introducing herself to the nation at a White House event emphasized traits that are likely to appeal to conservatives. Jackson opened by "thanking God for delivering me to this point in my professional journey," and stating that "one can only come this far by faith." She also mentioned her parents' 54-year-long marriage, and the fact that her brother and two of her uncles worked as police officers; one of those uncles, as chief of police in Miami, Florida.
Source: Vox.com on Supreme Court nominee , Feb 25, 2022

I do not have a judicial philosophy per se

When answering a question during her last confirmation hearing about her judicial philosophy, Jackson said: "I do not have a judicial philosophy per se, other than to apply the same method of thorough analysis to every case, regardless of the parties." She added, "Given the very different functions of a trial court judge and a Supreme Court justice, I am not able to draw an analogy between any particular justice's judicial philosophy and the approach that I have employed."
Source: The 19th e-zine on 2022 SCOTUS Confirmation Hearings , Feb 25, 2022

Religious liberty is foundational tenet of our government

Jackson faced questions about her service from 2010 to 2011 on the board of Montrose Christian School, a Maryland private school that has since closed. Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) noted that the school's statement of faith indicated that "[w]e should speak on behalf of the unborn" and that marriage should be limited to a man and a woman. Hawley asked Jackson whether, based on her service at Montrose Christian, she believed in "the principle, and the constitutional right, of religious liberty."

"I do believe in religious liberty," Jackson told Hawley. It is, she said, a "foundational tenet of our entire government." But Jackson distanced herself from the Montrose Christian statement of faith, telling Hawley that she had "served on many boards" and did not "necessarily agree with all of the statements that those boards might have in their materials." And in this case, she added, she "was not aware of" the statement of beliefs.

Source: ScotusBlog.com on SCOTUS confirmation hearings , Feb 1, 2022

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