Supreme Court nomination hearing for Ketanji Brown Jackson begins
Jimmie Johnson: CONFIRMATION HEARINGS FOR THE FIRST BLACK WOMAN NOMINATED TO THE SUPREME COURT KICKED OFF MONDAY.
BEFORE QUESTIONING GETS UNDERWAY — MEMBERS OF THE SENATE JUDICIARY COMMITTEE SOUNDED OFF ABOUT THE POTENTIALLY HISTORIC APPOINTMENT.
DEMOCRATS, FOR THEIR PART, WERE MOSTLY CONGRATULATORY —
Sen. Dick Durbin | (D) Illinois, Committee Chair: “In it’s more than 230 years, the Supreme Court has had one hundred and fifteen justices. One hundred and eight have been white men. Just two judge… justices have been men of color. Only five women have served on the court and just one woman of color. Not a single justice has been a black woman. You, Judge Jackson, can be the first.”
Jimmie Johnson: MEANWHILE — REPUBLICANS GAVE A PREVIEW OF THE CONCERNS THEY PLAN TO RAISE OVER THE NEXT FEW DAYS.
THIS INCLUDES ZEROING IN ON HER EXPERIENCE AS A PUBLIC DEFENDER REPRESENTING GUANTANAMO BAY DETAINEES.
Sen. John Cornyn | (R) Texas: “I’m a bit troubled by some of the positions you’ve taken and arguments that you’ve made representing people who have committed terrorist acts against the United States and other dangerous criminals. As someone who has deep respect for the adversarial system of justice, I understand the importance of zealous advocacy. But it appears that sometimes this zealous advocacy has gone beyond the pale.”
Jimmie Johnson: IF APPOINTED — JACKSON WOULD BECOME THE FIRST FORMER PUBLIC DEFENDER TO REACH THE HIGHEST COURT IN THE LAND.
THE QUESTIONING PORTION OF THE HEARING IS EXPECTED TO BEGIN TUESDAY — AND LAST THROUGH THURSDAY.