Supreme Court prepares to vote on Biden’s Justice nomination

Alexia Barton, Assistant Print Editor

On Feb. 22, President Joe Biden nominated Ketanji Brown Jackson to join the United States Supreme Court, upon Stephen Breyer’s retirement.

Jackson is an attorney who went to law school at Harvard, and has served as a federal judge on the United States Court of Appeals since 2021.

Coming from a background of her family within the court system, it is believed by the Federal Order of Police that Jackson is the most suited for the job.

“From our analysis of Judge Jackson’s record and some of her cases, we believe she has considered the facts and applied the law consistently and fairly on a range of issues. There is little doubt that she has the temperament, intellect, legal experience, and family background to have earned this appointment,”  said Patrick Yoes, national president of the Fraternal Order of Police, the nation’s largest police union (The White House).

If Jackson is appointed to sit on the court, she will be the first Black woman to be given this honor. Currently the Senate is in the process of the Confirmation Hearing to see if Jackson can be appointed. There has to be a minimum of 50 votes for her to be appointed on the court.

President Biden said that Jackson is a fair individual who will do what is best for the country.

“She looks people in the eye — lawyers, defendants, victims and families — and she strives to ensure that everyone understands why she made a decision, what the law is, and what it means to them. She strives to be fair, to get it right, to do justice,” Biden said. “That’s something all of us should remember. And it’s something I’ve thought about throughout this process,” Biden said (CNN).

Brown said she is lucky to have the support of the people she loves behind her and to be an American citizen.

“Among my many blessings, and indeed the very first, is the fact that I was born in this great country,” stated Jackson. “The United States of America is the greatest beacon of hope and democracy the world has ever known. I was also blessed from my early days to have had a supportive and loving family,” Brown said (New York Times).