Senate confirms Ketanji Brown Jackson to Supreme Court
The Senate has confirmed Ketanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court, shattering a historic barrier by securing her place as the first Black female justice and giving President Joe Biden a bipartisan endorsement for his effort to diversify the court.
Justice Clarence Thomas misses Supreme Court arguments because of hospitalization
Justice Clarence Thomas admitted to Sibley Memorial Hospital in Washington Friday night, complaining of flu-like symptoms. Sunday night, the court said he had been diagnosed with an infection and was being treated with intravenous antibiotics.washingtonpost.com
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson back for more hearings
Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson faced down a barrage of Republican questioning about her sentencing of criminal defendants on Wednesday, as her history-making bid to join the Supreme Court veered from lofty constitutional questions to attacks on her motivations as a judge.
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson faces initial round of questioning
Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson forcefully defended her record as a federal judge Tuesday, pushing back on Republican assertions that she would be soft on crime and declaring she would rule as an “independent jurist” if confirmed as the first Black woman on the high court.
Marshall, 1st Black justice, faced down Senate critics
Supreme Court Marshall Confirmation FILE - Solicitor General Thurgood Marshall, nominated by President Lyndon B. Johnson to the U.S. Supreme Court, sits at the witness table before testifying before the Senate Judiciary Committee during his confirmation hearing in Washington, July 18, 1967. Marshall had argued the Brown v. Board of Education case in which the Supreme Court outlawed official segregation. Sen. Robert Byrd, D-W.Va., who would later recant his segregationist views, said it would be smart politically for him to support Marshall because Marshall was Black. "Yet, I consider it my duty as a senator, under the Constitution, not to let Mr. Marshall’s race influence my decision. President Joe Biden pledged during the 2020 campaign to put a Black woman on the Supreme Court for the first time.wftv.com
Historic court pick brings rare criminal defense experience
Jackson, 51, is a graduate of Harvard University and Harvard Law School and currently a federal appeals court judge in Washington. And he said her experience serving as a trial court judge before her nomination to an appeals court was also “a critical qualification” in his view. Jackson could face some criticism because she doesn't have a very long record as a federal appeals court judge. Those decisions were appealed to the Supreme Court and the justices allowed evictions to resume, but also allowed the documents' release. As far as the current Supreme Court opening, Jackson has previously had the endorsement of the man she would replace.wftv.com
Americans divided over whether first Black female justice will make a difference, Post-ABC poll finds
Only two Black men have ever served on the nation’s highest court— the late Justice Thurgood Marshall and current Justice Clarence Thomas — and Black Americans are the most enthusiastic about adding a Black woman. A 65 percent majority of Black Americans say it would be good for the country, with 33 percent saying it would make no difference, according to the poll. Over half of women, 54 percent, say that having a Black woman on the Supreme Court would be a good thing for the country, compared with 35 percent of men. AdvertisementStory continues below advertisementThe poll shows that 44 percent of Americans approve of the way the Supreme Court is doing its job, while 36 percent disapprove and 19 percent offer no opinion. Story continues below advertisementThe Post-ABC poll was conducted Sunday through Thursday among a random national sample of 1,011 adults reached cellphones and landlines.washingtonpost.com
Being the 1st: What it's like to make Supreme Court history
Supreme Court Vacancy The First FILE - Supreme Court Associate Justice Sandra Day O'Connor poses for a photo in 1982. O'Connor joined the Supreme Court in 1981 as the nation's first female justice. (AP Photo, File) (Anonymous)WASHINGTON — (AP) — Sandra Day O'Connor was nervous when she joined the Supreme Court in 1981 as the nation's first female justice. "It's all right to be the first to do something, but I didn't want to be the last woman on the Supreme Court," O'Connor said in 2012. Some Republicans, including former Vice President Mike Pence, have criticized Biden’s pledge to name a Black woman to the court.wftv.com
Biden seeking professional diversity in his judicial picks
Supreme Court Biden Judicial Experience FILE - Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be a U.S. He's increasing not just the racial and gender diversity of the federal judiciary but its professional expertise as well. Federal judges are hearing most of the cases, with roughly 400,000 cases filed in federal trial courts a year. But Biden's very public push to diversify federal judges could have an impact on how judges in the states look, too. “Neither state courts nor federal courts reflect the diversity of the communities they serve, or the diversity of the legal profession.wftv.com
Biden quest for judicial diversity goes beyond race, gender
Supreme Court Biden Judicial Experience FILE - Ketanji Brown Jackson, nominated to be a U.S. He's increasing not just the racial and gender diversity of the federal judiciary but its professional expertise as well. Federal judges are hearing most of the cases, with roughly 400,000 cases filed in federal trial courts a year. Federal judges are often chosen from state courts, which also lack in diversity. But Biden's very public push to diversify federal judges could have an impact on how judges in the states look, too.wftv.com
In and outside court, Smollett fights for reputation, career
As Jussie Smollett fights criminal charges that he lied to Chicago police about being the victim of an anti-gay, racist attack, his supporters are also working on a broader strategy: Ensuring the 39-year-old emerges from the scandal with his reputation and career intact, whatever the outcome of the trial.
Black colleges' funding hopes dim amid federal budget battle
Officials at historically Black colleges thought they might finally have a pipeline for long-term funding from the federal government after the Biden administration included at least $45 billion for them in its multitrillion dollar economic package.
Historically black colleges work to help students amid virus
In this Tuesday, May 5, 2020, photo, Morehouse College senior Lanarion "LTL" Norwood Jr., of Atlanta, works on his computer in a hotel room in Atlanta. Then Bennett, a small historically black womens college in North Carolina, saw Johnsons potential and offered her a full scholarship. HBCUs have the added challenge of educating a large population of low-income and first-generation students who now need more help than ever. Morehouse College President David Thomas said after the last recession enrollment at the all-men's school in Atlanta dropped from about 2,800 to 2,100. It was kind of magical when I first stepped onto the Morehouse campus, Norwood said.
Groveland Four Memorial unveiled
A huge crowd gathered on Friday around the new memorial, which stands outside the Old Lake County Courthouse. TAVARES Hundreds gathered in front of the Old Lake County Courthouse on Friday morning for the unveiling of the Groveland Four Memorial. The Groveland Four Charles Greenlee, Walter Irvin, Sammy Shepherd and Ernest Thomas were accused of raping a 17-year-old Groveland girl in 1949. DeSantis and his Cabinet pardoned The Groveland Four last January after a united push from Lake County, local city and state leaders and Groveland Four family members and advocates. Last January, the Lake County Commission directed staff to develop a design for the monument honoring the Groveland Four.dailycommercial.com
Op-ed: The Florida Supreme Court needs a Black jurist
click to enlarge Photo via Florida Supreme Court/Wikimedia CommonsThe Florida Supreme Court in 2019The Florida Supreme Court lacks the diversity needed to satisfy the many legal needs of Floridas divergent, ethnic and racial communities. The current makeup of the state Supreme Court is particularly glaring. However, the big yardstick remains appointments to the Florida Supreme Court, a measurement where Gov. As a newly elected governor, he replaced three justices appointed by Democratic governors, flipping the once moderate Florida Supreme Court into one of the nations most conservative. Circuit Court of Appeals.The Florida Supreme Court is no inconsequential institution.orlandoweekly.com