West Virginia Democrat Sen. Joe Manchin announced Friday that he plans to vote in favor of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson in the Supreme Court.
Manchin called Jackson’s record “exemplary” and described him as “the most worthy” of justice.
“After meeting with him, considering his record, and closely observing his testimony and questioning before the Senate Judiciary Committee this week, I have decided that I would like to vote for his nomination to serve on the Supreme Court,” Manchin said.
“His extensive experience in various sectors of our justice system has given Judge Jackson a unique perspective that will serve him well in our country’s highest court,” he said in a statement, praising Jackson for being “warm and compassionate” and brilliant. Hold “the mood to make an exceptional lawyer”.
Vice President Kamala Harris must get 50 Senate Democrats to vote for Brown in a tie-breaking vote.
It is clear that no Senate Republican will vote for Brown unless something changes.
Republican Senate Minority Leader and Kentucky Sen. Mitch McConnell has expressed a desire not to vote for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson.
“After studying the nominee’s record and seeing his performance this week, I cannot and will not support Judge Jackson for a lifetime appointment to our Supreme Court,” he said in a speech to the Senate. “First, Judge Jackson refused to reject the marginal position that Democrats should try to pack up the Supreme Court. Justices Ginsberg and Brayer had no problem defending this unpopular view and defending their organization. I figured it would be a simple softball for Judge Jackson. But that did not happen. “
“The nominee has suggested that there are two legitimate aspects to this problem,” the minority leader said. He testified that he had a point of view on the matter but would not share it. He mistakenly compared his non-answer to a different, narrower question asked by the former nominee. But Judge Jackson apparently shook his hand. That he would be, ‘Thrilled to be one of many.’ Contrary to the sentiments of Ginsberg and Breyer, the most outspoken pro-court-packing fringe groups desperately wanted the nominee for the vacant post.
He also took up the issue with his position on illegal immigration and other cases where he saw him as soft on crime.
“It’s an area where Judge Jackson’s trial court records provide a lot of information. And it’s worrying, “he said. “Judges routinely give lenient sentences to some of the worst types of offenders that are under the guidelines and at the request of prosecutors. The judge himself, this week, used the term “policy disagreement” to describe the issue. The problem is not just the sentences. It was the judge’s speech in the transcript of the trial and in a creative way he twisted the law. In one instance, Judge Jackson used Covid as an excuse to rewrite a criminal justice reform law from the bench and make it reversible, which Congress refused to do. “
“He did it to reduce the punishment for a fentanyl trafficker when the Americans died in excess,” he said. “Judge Jackson refused to let the senators go through the merits of his argument in certain cases. He simply kept repeating that it was his discretion, and if Congress did not like it, it was our fault for considering him. There is little explanation for why he uses his discretion that way. Judge Jackson was not convinced that if senators wanted him to be tough on crime, we would have to change the law, strip him of his discretion, and force him to do so. This response seems to confirm that deeply contained personal policy views enter into his jurisprudence. And that’s exactly what the record shows. “
Her decision came just days after a Senate nominee hearing where Brown said she could not define what a woman is.
This was a difficult question for Ketanji Brown Jackson after Republican Tennessee Sen. Marsha Blackburn asked him about it.
The senator quoted the late Supreme Court Justice Ruth Bader Ginsberg as saying: Physical differences between men and women, however, are permanent. The two sexes are not fungus. A community with only one gender is different from a community with both. “
The senator then asked Brown, “Do you agree with Justice Ginsberg that there are physical differences between men and women that are permanent?”
“Senator, with respect, I’m not familiar with that particular quote or case, so it’s hard for me to comment on that,” the Supreme Court nominee said before the senator interrupted him and began the conversation, Brown said.
“I would like to get your opinion on this, and you can submit it. Do you interpret Justice Ginsberg’s definition of male and female as male and female?”
Sen. Marsha Blackburn Judge Ketanji Brown asked Jackson to define what a “woman” was in an exciting exchange on the first day of Jackson’s SCOTUS confirmation hearing. Blackburn used the question to make a point about transgender athletes like Leah Thomas. Https://t.co/MsjQExba8F pic.twitter.com/4J6gWMwQDE
– Newsweek (@newsweek) March 23, 2022
“Again, because I don’t know the case, I don’t know how to explain it. I have to read the whole thing, “said the nominee.
“Okay. And can you give me a definition of the word ‘woman’?” Dr. Blackburn.
“Can I give a definition?” Brown replied.
“No. I can’t, ”said the nominee.
“You can’t?” Blackburn asked.
“Not in this context. I’m not a biologist, “Brown said.
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