The United States again wrote a memorable page in its history on Thursday when Ketanji Brown Jackson she was sworn in as the first African-American woman to serve on the Supreme Court. Until now, only two African-American men had served on the Court.
The appointment of this 51-year-old woman by Democratic President Joe Biden means white men are no longer a majority on the nation’s highest court for the first time in 233 years.
Although your confirmation is a milestone, this will not change the conservative majority of 6 magistrates against 3 of progressive tone in the Court, imposed during the previous command of Republican tycoon Donald Trump (2017-2021).
The Court has been harshly criticized for its latest failureswhich extend the right of civilians to carry arms, eliminate the free right to abortion in the country and limit the power of the government to curb greenhouse gases.
“As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson takes up her seat on the Supreme Court, Our nation takes a historic step toward realizing our highest ideals.”stressed Nancy Pelosi, the head of the Democratic caucus in the (Lower) House of Representatives of Congress, in a statement.
“In the middle of this court’s cruel attack on the health, liberty, and safety of Americans, she will be a forceIt is very necessary for the equality of all before justice”, he expressed.
Jackson assumes by getting the support from three Senate Republicans during a grueling confirmation process and at times brutal, giving Biden a 53-47 bipartisan approval for his first Supreme Court nominee.
The appointment presents a opportunity for the Biden administration to recover from a series of bad news in recent monthswith poll scores leaving the president languishing below 40% amid runaway inflation ahead of midterm elections in November.
Crucially, it has allowed Biden show black voters who rescued his faltering 2020 primary campaign that he can meet them.
Who is Ketanji Brown Jackson
The judge Ketanji Brown Jackson acknowledges that his path is “slightly different” to that of her colleagues, and not only because she was black, but because for a time she defended as lawyer to defendants without resources.
In addition to being the institution’s first African-American woman, she is also one of the few to have professional experience in the penal system. Most judges at this level have excelled as prosecutors, but in his case, he defended for two years to the defendants as a public defender in Washington.
He was “shocked” by his ignorance of the law and as soon as he was The judge took pains to explain her decisions to the condemned.
And the consequences of the judicial system know them closely: one of his uncles was sentenced to life in prison in 1989 under a highly repressive law that automatically imposed life in prison after three drug offences.
Although I did not maintain a close relationship with him, “this family experience made him aware of the impact of the law on people’s lives”told the Washington Post a friend of his who requested anonymity.
Ketanji Brown Jackson had a very stable childhood in a family of teachers in Florida. His father resumed his law studies and became a lawyer on a school board, while his mother rose to the rank of principal.
During his high school studies he won eloquence contests and later studied at the prestigious Harvard Universityfrom which he graduated with excellent grades.
He then alternated professional experiences in the public and private sectors.
He clerked for progressive Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer, whom he will now replace. And he practiced in law firms but also in the Commission on Penalties, an independent agency in charge of harmonizing criminal policy in the United States.
In 2013, Democratic President Barack Obama appointed her as a federal judge in Washington.
She is married to a surgeon, with whom she has two daughters, and is related by law to former Republican House Speaker Paul Ryan, who praises his “intelligence, personality and integrity”.
Upon arrival at the White House, Joe Biden appointed her to the influential Federal Court of Appeals in Washingtonconsidered a springboard for the Supreme Court.
With information from AFP and EFE
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