WATCH: Jackson says she would recuse herself from Harvard affirmative action case in Supreme Court

Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, asked Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson during his Supreme Court confirmation hearings on March 23 whether she would recuse herself from an upcoming case involving Jackson’s alma mater admissions from Harvard University, where she also serves on the board. supervisors.

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Cruz noted that Harvard University is currently being sued over an admissions policy that plaintiffs claim discriminates against prospective Asian American students.

Jackson said she plans to recuse herself from the case if confirmed in court. The Supreme Court said in January it would hear oral arguments in the case.

Cruz then asked Jackson to confirm if he wouldn’t be able to file a lawsuit challenging the policy because he’s not Asian American.

“If you sue, the court will need to assess whether you suffered an actual injury so that it can determine whether it has jurisdiction to hear the action,” Jackson replied.

Wednesday was the Senate committee’s last day to question Jackson, who was nominated by President Joe Biden in February to replace outgoing Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, she will be the first black woman to sit on the high court. On the final day of hearings, March 24, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from Jackson’s friends and colleagues about his temper and approach to the law.

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