‘History’: Ketanji Brown Jackson officially joins US top court

by | Jun 30, 2022 | World

Justice Jackson takes oath to begin tenure as the first Black woman on the US Supreme Court.US Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in to start her lifetime appointment as the first Black woman to serve on the country’s top court.
Jackson took the oath of office to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer on Thursday after the court released its final rulings for this term. The court’s next term is set to start early in October.
“Now, on behalf of all the members of the Court, I’m pleased to welcome Justice Jackson to the Court and to our common calling,” Chief Justice John Roberts said after a brief ceremony at the Supreme Court.
Politicians and activists were quick to welcome Jackson’s accession to the top court and highlight the historic nature of her appointment.
Jackson takes her judicial oath of office as an Associate Justice of the US Supreme Court from Justice Stephen Breyer, whom she is replacing [Supreme Court of the United States/Handout via Reuters]
“Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson. History,” Senate Majority Leader Chuck Schumer wrote on Twitter.
Nancy Pelosi, speaker of the House of Representatives, cited recent decisions by the court in support of right-wing positions in celebrating Justice Jackson.
“As Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson takes her seat on the Supreme Court, our nation takes an historic step toward realizing our highest ideals,” Pelosi said in a social media post.
“Amid this Court’s cruel assault on Americans’ health, freedom and security, she will be a much needed force for equal justice for all.”
In a string of recent rulings, the Supreme Court has revoked the constitutional right to abortion, struck down gun regulations and curbed the executive branch’s power to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from power plants.
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