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After weeks of waiting, President Joe Biden announced on Friday that he would nominate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson to the United States Supreme Court to succeed outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, Americans can expect a Justice determined to continue his career of liberal activism on the bench.
A graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School, Judge Jackson began her federal judicial service under President Barack Obama as a judge in the United States District Court for the District of Columbia. Last year, President Biden elevated her to the United States Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit. Previously, she served as a public defense assistant and a member of the US Sentencing Commission.
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According to her record as a lawyer and judge, Jackson lacks the fair-minded and even-handed disposition that Americans expect of Supreme Court justices. Instead, his career is marked by far-left political activism.
In 2008, Judge Jackson was an election poll watcher for the Obama for America presidential campaign. Since 2007, she has been a frequent speaker at events organized by the association of liberal and progressive lawyers, the American Constitution Society.
Her commitment to progressive causes is so well known (and appreciated) that she has won the endorsement of almost every far-left association, including Demand Justice, People for the American Way, Human Rights Campaign, the Center for Reproductive Rights, Planned Parenthood, and anti-religious freedom groups like American Atheists, American Humanist Association, Americans United for Separation of Church and State, and the Southern Poverty Law Center.
Jackson’s record shows hostility to constitutional values such as free speech, religious freedom and the sanctity of life. In 2001, she co-wrote a friend of the court brief before the United States Court of Appeals for the First Circuit on behalf of a litany of pro-abortion organizations, including the National Abortion Rights Action League. (NARAL). His factum in McGuire v. Reilly has repeatedly decried pro-life sidewalk counselors, most often made up of mothers, grandmothers, nuns and women who regret their own abortions. She unjustly attacked these loving ministers as a “hostile” and “in your face” “gauntlet”, while ignoring the very real hostility – whether from abusive partners, parents or peers – that can compel women reluctant to abort.
Life advocates often engage in silent prayers outside abortion clinics. Jackson called these activities “chaotic scenes” that should be stripped of First Amendment protections because they “are not pure speech, but rather a form of expression analogous to labor picketing.”
Americans may disagree on the issue of abortion and even question the effectiveness of peaceful protest, but Jackson’s memoir lacks the impartiality one would expect of a future Supreme Court justice charged with protecting the First Amendment freedoms of all Americans. Reading Jackson’s memoir, one quickly concludes that she chose her side quite firmly. Litigants in cases pitting abortion against basic First Amendment rights would likely face a ‘home team’ arbitrator in Justice Jackson as she promotes abortion activity and mocks freedom of speech. expression of the defenders of life. In short, Jackson is not the neutral arbiter of the law that one should expect to see on the Supreme Court.
Judge Jackson’s thumb on the scales of abortion over free speech may be a product of his mentorship. She clerked for Judge Breyer in 1999-2000. Interestingly, the year of her externship saw multiple rulings in cases involving abortion and religious expression.
For example, during Jackson’s probation, Judge Breyer wrote the opinion in Stenberg v. Carhart. His opinion for the Court struck down a Nebraska law that banned the barbaric practice of partial-birth abortion. This term, in Santa Fe Independent School District v. Doe, the Court also severely limited student-initiated and student-directed religious speech at public school football games.
With such a record, it’s no surprise that so many far-left activist organizations endorse Justice Jackson’s judicial appointments. And, once on the bench, his activism did not stop.
In 2018, Judge Jackson ruled in favor of a union of federal employees that sought to force collective bargaining, although he acknowledged that the president had both statutory and constitutional authority to issue executive orders relating to labour-management relations. Three years later, the AFL-CIO union “strongly” recommended confirming Judge Jackson.
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Such judicial activism is consistent with some comments Judge Jackson made during her confirmation hearings. During her confirmation to the DC Circuit, she declined to say whether a president can refuse to enforce a duly enacted constitutional law, and she suggested that public schools that receive federal funding could discriminate against students based on their speech. .
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Judge Jackson’s record speaks for itself. President Biden’s nomination is not simply about replacing one liberal jurist with another. It’s an aggressive decision to push the Supreme Court hard in the direction of the political left.
If confirmed, Americans can expect a Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to bring a lifetime of political activism to the court of last resort for so many of our freedoms, including free speech and freedom religious.
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