Confirmation Hearings Begin for U.S. Supreme Court Nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson

Confirmation hearings for United States Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson has begun on March 21.

In her opening remarks, Jackson told the Senate Judiciary Committee that she “decides cases from a neutral posture.”

“I evaluate the facts, and I interpret and apply the law to the facts of the case before me, without fear or favor, consistent with my judicial oath,” Jackson said.

Jackson also assured the senators that she takes her “duty to be independent very seriously.”

New Jersey Democratic Senator Cory Booker, who is the only Black member of the Committee, said he could barely contain his joy for Jackson’s nomination.

“This is not a normal day for America. We have never had this moment before,” Booker said, referring to Jackson as potentially becoming the first Black woman as a Supreme Court justice if confirmed.

The Supreme Court has had 115 justices in over two centuries of American history, but only five have been women and only one has been a woman of color.

Committee Chairperson Dick Durbin told Jackson, “It’s not easy being first.”

“Often you have to be the best. In some ways, the bravest. Many are not prepared to face that kind of heat, that kind of scrutiny, that ordeal and the glare of the national spotlight,” Durbin added.

The confirmation hearings will last until March 24. The Committee will then report to the full Senate for her confirmation.

If confirmed, Jackson will replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.

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