Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Come to a Close

Senate Confirmation Hearings for Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson Come to a Close

June 2, 2022 0 By Stephen Callahan

The Senate hearings for Supreme Court nominee Judge Jackson Brown ended on Thursday. Ketanji wasn’t on the Thursday program. Instead, members of the Senate Judiciary Committee listened to testimonies from the American Bar Association and another external witness.

The President of the Senate Committee, Sen. Dick Durbin who has been leading the hearings from the first day said that the committee will converge for an executive session to deliberate on the nomination on 28 March. But the panel rules permit any committee business to take place over for a week. Meaning the executive session can be pushed till April 4.

Judge Jackson was grilled for the last three days by senators from both sides of the house. Democrat senators have largely praised Jackson for her exemplary work in the judicial sector, terming her achievements as exceptional.

But Republican senators took aim at Jackson accusing her of being lenient on crime. They questioned her record as a criminal judge saying that she handed light sentences to hard-core criminals.

The leader of the Republicans, Mitch McConnell said that she would not support Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court.

“I am going to vote against her nomination, I am not satisfied with the way she has answered some of the questions before this committee. She has refused to declare her stance on the composition of the Supreme Court and that’s enough reason for me to vote no”, said McConnell while speaking on the third day of the nomination hearings.

McConnell’s decision not to vote for Brown’s won’t have much impact as the Democrats control the house. However, it will be a blow to President Joe Biden who predicted overwhelming support from both sides of the political divide as it has been the tradition for most Supreme Court nominees.

Earlier on, Sen. Durbin strongly rejected demands made by Republicans for the release of pre-sentencing reports. There was a heated exchange of words between Sen. Marsha Blackburn and the President of the committee.

Marsha pressed Sen. Durbin to allow members of the committee to have a look at the various sentencing reports involving child pornography cases overseen by Jackson. Such reports are usually kept confidential for the purposes of protecting the privacy of victims.

“I am sorry, senator, I am not going to allow that”, said Durbin. “I don’t want to go down the history books as the Justice Committee chair who compromised the privacy of innocent citizens for political reason”, he added.