Ketanji Brown Jackson would be Supreme Court's first federal public defender, a line of attack for critics

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WASHINGTON – Federal Park Police stormed into an apartment four miles east of the U.S. Capitol one fall morning in 2003. After using a battering ram and ordering everyone to get on the ground, police discovered a semi-automatic handgun tucked between some sheets in a laundry basket.

Despite a disagreement about who owned the 9 mm pistol, police arrested Andrew Littlejohn and a jury convicted him of a gun charge. When Littlejohn appealed he was assigned a public defender, a little-known Harvard-trained lawyer who today is poised to become an associate justice on the Supreme Court: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. 

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