A look at Ketanji Brown Jackson’s criminal record

Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson is known as a competent, diligent and collegial jurist. It’s not the simple rise of most Supreme Court nominees. After clerking under Judge Stephen Breyer, she spent a decade as what she called a “professional wanderer” – a junior litigator at a Washington law firm; an associate of Kenneth Feinberg, the attorney known for administering compensation funds for victims of terrorism and other disasters; an assistant special advocate for the Sentencing Commission. She would be the first judge to have served as a court-appointed lawyer. There is a reassuring feeling that, like Clarence Thomas, Justice Jackson has not considered a Supreme Court appointment since law school.

The same could be said of Judge Jackson’s time on the bench. As a federal trial court judge in the District of Columbia (2013-21), she oversaw a docket consisting largely of ordinary employment disputes, contract cases, freedom of information, criminal prosecution, etc. His opinions are generally professional, making it easy to discern the rare case that inspired his passion.


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