Biden Picks Paul Ryan’s Relative Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for SCOTUS

Democrat President Joe Biden has chosen his nomination to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court, according to reports.

Biden will announce today that he will nominate Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit to the SCOTUS.

If confirmed, Jackson, 51, would become the first black woman to serve on the highest court in the land.

She would also make the second-youngest justice on the current court after Justice Amy Coney Barrett, who turned 50 in January.

She would also be the first justice since Thurgood Marshall who served as a longtime defense lawyer.

If she replaces Breyer, who was appointed by President Bill Clinton in 1994, Jackson would not change the court’s current 6-to-3 conservative supermajority.

Former House Speaker Paul Ryan is a relative by marriage.

Jackson’s husband, Patrick Jackson, is the twin brother of Ryan’s brother-in-law William Jackson.

Ryan testified on Brown’s behalf when she was nominated to the district court in 2012 saying:

“Our politics may differ, but my praise for Ketanji’s intellect, for her character, for her integrity is unequivocal.

“She’s an amazing person, and I favorably recommend her consideration.

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“We’re family, by marriage.

“Her brother and sister-in-law, who are my brother and sister-in-law, William and Dana Jackson, are here with us as well today,” Ryan said.

From Wikipedia:

“After law school, Jackson served as a law clerk to Judge Patti B. Saris of the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts from 1996 to 1997, then to Judge Bruce M. Selya of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the First Circuit from 1997 to 1998.

“She spent a year in private practice at the Washington, D.C. law firm Miller Cassidy Larroca & Lewin (now part of Baker Botts), then clerked for Justice Stephen Breyer of the U.S. Supreme Court from 1999 to 2000.

“Jackson worked in private legal practice from 2000 to 2003. From 2003 to 2005, she served as an assistant special counsel to the United States Sentencing Commission.

“From 2005 to 2007, Jackson was an assistant federal public defender in Washington, D.C., where she handled cases before U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit.

“A Washington Post review of cases Jackson handled during her time as a public defender showed that “she won uncommon victories against the government that shortened or erased lengthy prison terms.”

“From 2007 to 2010, Jackson was an appellate litigator at Morrison & Foerster.”

From CNN:

Republicans are limited in their ability to block a Supreme Court nominee, and Jackson may win the support of some GOP senators.

Sens. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska, Lindsey Graham of South Carolina and Susan Collins of Maine all voted for Jackson last summer when she was confirmed as a circuit court judge on the US Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, the second most important court in the country.

Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer has indicated that he wants to push a nominee through the process quickly, using Supreme Court Justice Amy Coney Barrett’s Senate proceedings as a model for Jackson’s confirmation timeline.

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By David Hawkins

David Hawkins is a writer who specializes in political commentary and world affairs. He's been writing professionally since 2014.

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