The U.S. Senate confirmed President Biden’s U.S. Supreme Court nominee Judge Kentaji Brown Jackson, which is an historical moment. Judge Jackson is the first black female judge to sit on the highest court with a lifetime tenure.
But, there are still lingering unanswered questions.
Perhaps those who supported Judge Jackson reveal the answers that she refused to answer about her judicial philosophy, “packing the court,” and progressive ideas.
The New York Times reported that in 1996 after Judge Jackson graduated from law school, she attended a wedding in Chicago, and asked then attorney Barack Obama to have her picture taken with him, which she later placed in her office.
Does not mean that she is an “Obama Judge?” Not necessarily. It could be that she is an Obama fan because he was the first black Editor of the Harvard Law Review. President Obama graduated from Harvard Law before Judge Jackson.
But, then there is Demand Justice, a group founded in 2018, who has supported Judge Jackson’s U.S. Supreme Court nomination.
Brian Fallon, the Co-Founder and Executive Director of Demand Justice praised the judge.
Judge Jackson would be an “emblematic choice for Biden’s new approach to prioritizing public interest lawyers for judicial vacancies,” said Fallon. “I’d expect her to be the lead candidate for a Supreme Court vacancy in the event that Justice Breyer retires. And we’d be fully supportive of her in both scenarios.”
Demand Justice’s website transparently highlights its progressive goals.
“The Supreme Court is dominated by a 6-3 Republican supermajority that is consistently ruling in favor of corporate and partisan interests. Our federal and state courts are dominated by former prosecutors and corporate lawyers, and Congress’ failure to adapt the courts to a growing population means Americans can wait years to vindicate their rights in court. Demand Justice is working to restore balance to the courts by reforming the Supreme Court, expanding the circuit and district courts, and championing new judges with experience as public defenders, civil rights lawyers, legal aid lawyers, and labor lawyers who represent working people,” states their website.
“Demand Justice first endorsed Supreme Court expansion in 2018 and called for a freeze on the appointment of corporate lawyers to the federal bench in August of 2019,” reads Demand Justice’s website.
By August 2019, Demand Justice Co-Founders wrote out their Call to Action in the Atlantic.
Brian Fallon worked in the Public Affairs office at the Department of Justice during the Obama administration, and before that for Senator Chuck Schumer (D-NY). During Hilary Clinton’s 2016 presidential campaign, Fallon served as the National Press Secretary.
Kang is a former aide to Senate Democratic Whip Richard Durbin, who presided over the U.S. Senate Judiciary Committee’s U.S. Supreme Court Jackson’s nomination hearings. Kang served as the Deputy White House Counsel during the Obama administration.
Defend Justice has endorsed several lawyers and judges on its site from Michelle Alexander, Author of The New Jim Crow, Mass Incarceration in the Age of Colorblindness, who is a Founding Director of the Racial Justice Project at ACLU of Northern California.
They recommend Xavier Becerra, the current Secretary of U.S Dept. of Health and Human Services, who oversees NIH, NIAID, FDA, CDC, which handled the colossal failure of the covid response during the Biden administration for mandated vaccinations for adults and children.
Becerra’s appointment to HHS was early in the Biden administration, seemingly curious because he is the former Attorney General of California - not a physician or public health official. California is a state which has a plethora of evidence of the state medical boards intimidating and going after physicians’ licenses who write medical exemptions.
Other Defend Justice judicial recommendations for the U.S. Supreme Court include:
Nicole Berner, the General Counsel for Service Employees International Union (SEIU), and a former attorney for Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Elise Boddie, a Henry Rutgers Professor, and Judge Robert L. Carter Scholar, Rutgers Law School, and former Litigation Director at NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund. Rutgers University was the first university to impose mandatory covid vaccinations for its students.
Dale Ho, the Director of the ACLU Voting Rights Project, challenged the Trump administration’s attempt to add a citizenship question to the U.S. Census. Ho has worked for the NAACP Legal Defense and Educational Fund, as have others on Defend Justice’s U.S. Supreme Court recommendation list, which include Shannon Minter, Janai Nelson, and others.
Sharon Minter, is the Legal Director of the National Center for Lesbian Rights. She was counsel for plaintiff in “Doe v. Trump,” the first case challenging the Trump administration’s attempt to ban transgenders from military service and lead counsel for the California Supreme Court case that same-sex couples have the fundamental right to marry.
“Demand Justice’s Supreme Court shortlist illustrates the breadth of progressive talent available to a president committed to nominating a diverse group of justices who have spent their careers fighting to uphold the values of equal justice under the law,” states Defend Justice’s website.
The mere fact that Demand Justice included Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on their list is significant. Logic prevails that Demand Justice vetted her, and since this group included her among their chosen endorsements, that alone may be the best indicator of her answers to questions that went unanswered.
The one question not asked by the Senators is did she sit with Demand Justice and answer their questions.
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