Washington — Ketanji Brown Jackson will swear as justice in the U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday, building history as the first black woman in the U.S. Supreme Court when a conservative majority is bending muscles in a major ruling. rice field.
Jackson, 51, will be part of the liberal block of court, which has a conservative majority of 6 to 3. Her vow to replace President Joe Biden's retired liberal justice Stephen Breyer comes six days after the court overturned the landmark of the 1973 Roe v. Wade case that legalized abortion. Breyer, the oldest member of the court, will officially retire at noon (1600 GMT), when Jackson's oath ceremony is scheduled.
In this week's Reuters / Ipsos poll, the majority of Americans (57%) have a negative view of the court following the abortion decision. I found out that there is. The narrow majority had a positive view.
Jackson will be the 116th Justice, 6th Woman, and 3rd Black to serve in the Supreme Court since its founding in 1789.
Biden appointed Jackson to the US Court of Appeals on the District of Columbia Circuit last year after spending eight years as a federal district judge. Like the three conservative judges appointed by Democratic President's Republican predecessor Donald Trump, Jackson is young enough to serve decades in her lifelong work.
The Senate confirmed Jackson with 53-47 votes on April 7, and three Republicans joined the Democratic Party in support of her. Her Jackson appointment does not change the balance of court ideology.
She said, "It took 232 years and 115 pre-appointments for a black woman to be elected to the US Supreme Court," Jackson said at an event on April 8. Congratulations to her. confirmation. "But we did it-we did it-all of us, all of us."
Biden federal with more women and minorities, and a broader background. We aim to bring it to the judiciary. Her Jackson appointment fulfilled Biden's pledge to nominate a black woman to the Supreme Court in the 2020 presidential election. With the addition of her Jackson, the Supreme Court will also welcome four women to the bench for the first time.
Breyer has announced her plans to retire since being appointed President of the Democratic Party of Bill Clinton in 1994. Jackson served as Breyer's secretary early in her legal career.
The court will issue the last two judgments of her current term on Thursday. Jackson will join a liberal block in favor of key decisions this quarter on issues such as the right to abortion, as well as the right to guns and the expansion of religious freedom.
Jackson will participate in the case discussion for the first time when the court's next term begins in October. One of the main cases of the next term is to enroll conservative judges with black and Hispanic students to end the affirmative action policy that the university uses in the admission process and to achieve campus diversity. Gives you the opportunity to increase.
(Report by Rose Horowitch; edited by Will Dunham and Scott Malone)