Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings: Judge says she's a 'lucky inheritor of the civil rights dream'


  • What is Jackson’s judicial philosophy? She addresses originalism in her answers.
  • Gallup Poll finds 58% of Americans back Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.
  • Judge says life experiences would shape Supreme Court approach
  • Sen. Graham presses charge that Jackson was activist in immigration case.

WASHINGTON – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson explained her sentencing practices and her views on expanding the Supreme Court, among other topics, in another day of questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as hearings continue over her historic nomination to be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. 

Senators asked the judge about a wide range of topics Tuesday, including about her judicial philosophy, her faith, her work as a former federal public defender and sentences she handed down as a District Court judge in Washington. 

Wednesday’s hearing began with two senators finishing up their first round of questions, before moving into a second round – slightly shorter – with questions from the committee’s 22 members.

Democrats are planning to finish the hearings on Thursday and hope to move Jackson to a final confirmation vote by early April. 

Jackson’s first day:Jackson fights back against GOP criticism over sentencing, Gitmo 

Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing on March 23, 2022 in Washington. Judge Jackson was nominated by President Joe Biden to replace Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, who plans to retire at the end of the term. If confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Graham accuses Jackson of ‘activism’

Sen. Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., accused Jackson of “activism” in a high-profile immigration case that Republicans say shows she departed from the meaning of the text of federal laws passed by Congress.

Jackson rejected an effort by the Trump administration in 2019 to expand the number of immigrants who could be deported on an expedited basis. Her ruling against the Trump administration was overturned by the D.C. Circuit.


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