Ketanji Brown Jackson Takes Question From Senators

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated by President Joe Biden to the US Supreme Court is taking a question from senators about her bench record and judicial philosophy. The questioning phase of her confirmation proceeding has started.

Ketanji Brown Jackson began the hearing by giving an insight into her approach to cases that come before her. She says she examines the facts of the case and the relevant law from a neutral position.

Ketanji Brown Jackson explained that in the course of her decade-long period on the bench, she ensures that she is adhering to the limits of her authority as a judge and she has been impartial in her ruling.

While Democrats have lauded her nomination, the Republicans also appear to be reluctant to launch into personal attacks. But they have vowed to go into her views of the Supreme Court and her judicial philosophy.

On Tuesday, Ketanji Brown Jackson was questioned about her representing detainees at Guantanamo Bay military base in Cuba. She was a federal public defender then. Jackson defended her position said that the detainees deserved impartial representation and were entitled to fair treatment by the US legal system.

Ketanji Brown Jackson refused to weigh in on some hot-button issues mentioned by senators including the tactics of ‘court-packing,’ adding more judges to a court.

Ketanji Brown Jackson Opens Up About Her Humility And Gratitude

A lot of what Ketanji Brown Jackson said in her initial remarks was centered around her raising, as well as the gratefulness she felt towards her parents and her faith.

She reaffirmed her faith in God and her blessings to be born in such a great nation. She spoke of her love for the country and the constitution and the rights that give us freedom. She spoke of the judges who came before her.

Her name, Ketanji Onyika, means a lovely one and dwelled on an expression favored by her parents that spoke of pride in one’s heritage and expectations for a bright future.

Jackson also spoke of how she developed an interest in law from observing her father read on the subject. She said she was thankful for the excellent guides she had in her school, and also to the judges under whom she worked.

Ketanji Brown Jackson finally spoke of the serious need to be independent in her duty. She said that she decides cases from an impartial standpoint after an evaluation of the facts. She applies the law to all the evidence before her, minus fear or favor coloring her judgment and staying consistent with her judicial oath.

Jackson will be facing some pointed questions about her records. That is something that she can definitely expect from the Republicans who want to delve more into her line that she does not have a judicial philosophy.