Ketanji Brown Jackson hearings: Sentencing practices are a hot topic among senators


  • Sen. Jon Ossoff asked about Jackson’s ruling saying ‘presidents are not kings.’
  • Sen. Thom Tillis rails against expanding the Supreme Court ahead of questioning Jackson.
  • Jackson explains how she treated convicted criminals to aid in their rehabilitation.
  • What is Jackson’s judicial philosophy? She addresses originalism in her answers.

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.

Jackson adds to philosophy answer

Jackson offered additional context to her answer a day earlier about her judicial philosophy – and how she feels about the notion of originalism.

Originalism is the idea that the Constitution should be interpreted based on the meaning of the founding document’s words at the time they are written. Jackson had nodded to that theory several times Tuesday.


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