Called to become the 116th judge to sit on the highest court in the country, the 51-year-old judge will therefore, in all likelihood, be the very first African-American woman to access it.
Despite the intense partisanship of the hearings surrounding the confirmation of her nomination – and the climate of polarization that now defines Washington – she was able to rally the support of the majority of Republican senators deemed likely to support her.
Republican senators Lisa Murkowski and Mitt Romney in turn announced on Monday evening that they would support the choice of Judge Brown, paving the way for a confirmation of her nomination.
After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I conclude that she is a qualified jurist and a person of honor.supported Mitt Romney in a press release.
” While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make in court, I believe she more than satisfies the criteria of excellence and integrity. »
Shortly before, his colleague had also praised the competence of the magistrate, even if she also says that she is not
agree with all his decisions and opinions.
My support is based on Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one doubts, her proven judicial independence, demeanor and temperament, and the important perspective she would bring to the Court as a replacement for Judge [Stephen] Breyerwho announced his retirement earlier this year.
It is also based on my rejection of the corrosive politicization of the Supreme Court nomination review process, which on both sides grows worse and detached from reality year after year.she adds.
During the hearings, Judge Jackson, for example, vigorously defended herself against accusations of laxity towards pedophiles brought by Republican senators. Ted Cruz, for example, accused her of having
campaigning for sexual predators.
Last week, Republican Susan Collins was the first of the Republican camp to announce her support for the candidate chosen by Joe Biden, also denouncing the acrimonious tone and the
broken process confirmation hearings before the Senate.
The three Republican senators have in common having voted in favor of the dismissal of Donald Trump, in February 2021 – Mitt Romney having also done so during the first trial, a year earlier.
According to a compilation of Washington Post48 Democrats and independents allied with the Democrats have so far indicated that they would vote in favor of her nomination, bringing the number of supports she has garnered to 51.
Democratic Senators Kyrsten Sinema of Arizona and Maria Cantwell of Washington state, however, are expected to give the green light to his nomination.
Earlier in the day, President Joe Biden, who had made the nomination of the first black woman to the Supreme Court a campaign promise, argued in favor of Justice Jackson, touting her
intellect and his
rigorous judge’s record.
She deserves to see her appointment as a judge confirmedhe wrote on Twitter.
In the entire history of the Court, there have only been five black women and two black men on the bench.
Preserving the Balance of the Court
The announcement of senators Romney and Murkowski follows the tight vote of the Senate Judiciary Committee on his case by a few hours, according to strict partisan lines (11 votes for, 11 against).
Despite the tie, Senate rules helped advance the case for his nomination on the Senate floor.
The Senate will hold its vote by the end of the week.
The expected confirmation of her appointment will not change the balance of the Court, since Judge Jackson would succeed progressive judge Stephen Breyer, the dean of the institution, at 83 years old.
However, it would allow Democrats to avoid a scenario like the one caused by the death of Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg in September 2020, which swung the Supreme Court more to the right.
The vacuum left by his departure, in the middle of the presidential campaign, had allowed Donald Trump to ensure conservative control of the Court, in all likelihood, for decades. The Senate, then with a Republican majority, had quickly endorsed the appointment of Amy Coney Barrett, sixth Supreme Court justice appointed by a Republican president out of the nine magistrates who sit there.
During the vote on her nomination to the federal appeals court in Washington, Judge Jackson also obtained the support of three Republicans, including senators Collins and Murkowski. If she rallied Mitt Romney this time, she however lost the support of Lindsey Graham.
Despite his past support, this time he presented his candidacy as a victory for the