Ketanji Brown Jackson has insisted he will stay in his “lane” of the judicial system and will not draft policy if he is arrested in the U.S. Supreme Court while he defends Republican allegations in his history. law.
“I’m very concerned not to talk about political issues because I’m determined to stay on my path of the system,” said Jackson, who was appointed by Joe Biden, president, to fill the seat by abandoned when Stephen Breyer was on the rise. down to the end of the current season.
“I believe judges are not politicians,” he said.
Jackson sought to report his absence from the Senate Judiciary Committee on Tuesday when a hearing went into to confirm his election on their second day. “My story shows I don’t agree,” he said.
Republicans and Democrat members of the committee greatly praised Jackson’s attitude. But Republican senators have sought to raise questions about her legal career, with Lindsey Graham, a senator for South Carolina, revealing the most controversial questions about her past involvement with Guantánamo. Bay, the U.S. military in Cuba that maintains the prison for detainees. the aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks.
He blamed Jackson for his actions in preparing court documents for his clients that objected to the time evaluation of Guantánamo’s detainees and called on them to try or release him.
“I’m trying to understand why you’re involved in this,” he said, to which Jackson replied that it wasn’t his own argument.
“If you’re a lawyer and you get clients to come to you, whether they pay or not, you show their status in court,” he said.
Graham’s question was further raised when Dick Durbin, the Democratic senator from Illinois and the head of the Senate judiciary committee currently chairing Jackson’s hearing, met.
“I think they’ll all die in prison if they go back to kill Americans,” Graham said of the Guantánamo prisoners, before picking up his soda bottle and flying. me.
Durbin responded by saying that the committee should not be involved in Jackson’s report on Guantánamo detainees while working on a federal public office in the early 2000s. ” as if it were not in line with our economic constitution ”.
Jackson said he was given four cases after the Supreme Court in 2004 ruled that Guantánamo holders could file a lawsuit, saying the defenders would not choose. wide to their customer. “As a federal defense attorney, you stand up for the constitutional value of disclosure,” he said.
If proven, Jackson was the first senior judge to act as a defense attorney – the lawyers who represent the defendants are usually the ones who can’t get their own evidence.
His supporters praised that information as an important model for the existence of the Film Council, but he also pointed to some attacks from Republicans on those he replaced.
Jackson also said in complaints from some Republicans that he gave lenient punishments to those accused of child pornography. He said that “U.S. judges are revising their language in order to account for the changes that have taken place” in relation to the nature of pornography in the online age.
Responding to complaints about his threatening remarks to children, he said: “Nothing is more true.”
His conversation with Josh Hawley, a Republican senator from Missouri, was one of the best of the day. Hawley repeatedly asked Jackson to issue penalties for those accused of child pornography who fell under the advice and guidelines set by Congress, which were not a requirement.
“I’m asking for your opinion, your opinion. That’s what I’m doing,” Hawley said.
Jackson cited a number of factors that supported his decisions, including the status of the defendants and sentencing advice by an independent panel of the court. “Punishment is an act of punishment for a judge. But it’s not a numbers game. No, ”he said.
Jackson also responded by saying he was “easy on crime”, saying a man with family members in law enforcement, including a brother who worked as a police officer, “crime and the consequences to society and the need for law enforcement. “These are not abstract ideas or political statements to me.”
The senators of the judiciary committee will continue to question Jackson Tuesday and Wednesday. After the hearing is over, the committee shall decide whether to make its election to the full Senate for a final election.
Biden watched part of the audience, as did Chris Meagher, a White House journalist. The president, a former chair of the Senate judiciary committee, “praised Judge Jackson’s ability to stay in the path of the judges prescribed by the constitution, and his demonstration of the importance of precedent. , “said Meagher.
“Biden was hurt by the quickness of the dismissal of rebellious ideas that were expressed in bad faith,” he said.