Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks on abortion, her faith, Gitmo in hearing: live updates


WASHINGTON – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced senators’ questions on impartiality, her sentencing patterns, her defense of Guantanamo Bay detainees, abortion and more in the opening hours of Tuesday’s Supreme Court confirmation hearing.

Jackson, a judge on the U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit and President Joe Biden’s pick for a lifetime appointment, told senators she believed Roe v. Wade, which protects abortion, is a settled issue. She leaned into her family’s history in law enforcement to describe how it influences her role as a judge.

And she noted the high honor that would come with being the sixth woman – and the first Black woman – ever on the nation’s nine-member high court, calling it “extremely meaningful.”

Republicans indicated they will press Jackson on the sentences she has handed down in a number of criminal cases she handled when she was a U.S. District Court judge for nearly a decade. They’ll also nudge her to offer more insight into how she interprets the Constitution in cases where the document isn’t explicit.


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