US Senator Cruz Called Out Dems Filibustering Black SCOTUS Nominee 20 Years Ago: US Senate Panel Deadlocked In Vote To Confirm Judge Jackson

WASHINGTON, DC (April 4, 2022)— A US Senate panel has deadlocked in a vote to approve President Joe Biden’s nominee for the Supreme Court, but she is likely to be confirmed anyway later this week.

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson would become the first black woman on the nation’s highest judicial body.

The nine-member court is currently split between six Republican-appointed justices and three picked by Democrats.

Judge Jackson would replace Stephen Breyer, another liberal justice.

The Senate judiciary committee, which like the full chamber is evenly split between Democrats and Republicans, voted 11-11 on Monday on whether to back her nomination.

A final vote before the 100-member Senate is expected by Friday.

U.S. Senator Ted Cruz, presented facts about Judge Jackson’s sentencing habits of sex offenders:

“Judge Jackson imposed sentences 57% less than national average for possession of child pornography. She also imposed sentences 47% less than the national average for distribution of child pornography. This is a deeply disturbing pattern,” said US Senator Cruz during the Judiciary Committee’s vote Monday.

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“She has imposed sentences 33.8% less than the national average in all criminal cases,” said Cruz.

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US Senate Ted Cruz (R-TX), tweeted “I describe Judge Jackson’s disturbing pattern of giving light sentences to child predators.”

In a second tweet, Senator Cruz said “Judge Jackson has a long history of giving short sentences to sexual predators.”

Senator Cruz tweeted in a tweet ” If confirmed, the odds are overwhelming that Judge Jackson would vote to overturn Heller, Citizens United, and efforts to enforce border laws.”

Senator Cruz called out the Democrats in a tweet  and said “An African American woman could have served on the Supreme Court 20 years ago—except for the fact that Democrats including Joe Biden—filibustered Judge Janice Rogers Brown.”

Senator Susan Collins of Maine is the only Republican so far to declare her support for Judge Jackson. But with Ms Collins’ support, Judge Jackson is likely to clinch the simple majority needed in the upper chamber of Congress, securing her seat on the court.

Democrats point out Judge Jackson would become the first former public defender on the court, and cite her experience in nine years on the federal bench.

But many Republicans found fault with her decision during 30 hours of confirmation hearings not to comment on whether seats should be added to the Supreme Court, and her remark that she could not define the term “woman”. They also accused her of leniency in child pornography cases.

If confirmed, Judge Jackson, 51, would be the first black woman justice named to the Supreme Court in its 233-year history. She would also be just the third black American to ever sit on the country’s top court, following justices Thurgood Marshall and current Justice Clarence Thomas.

US Senator Richard Blumenthal tweeted “I proudly voted to confirm Judge Jackson. She is a highly qualified, evenhanded jurist with a demonstrated commitment to the rule of law. As a Supreme Court justice she will make the Court look more like America & hopefully think more like America.” Blumenthal failed to provide any justification of a yea vote regarding Jackson’s sexual predators sentencing and lenancy.

The jurist, a Washington DC native, currently sits on the influential US Court of Appeals for the DC circuit.

She has two degrees from Harvard University and once served as editor of the Harvard Law Review.

For any Supreme Court justice nomination, the president chooses his preferred candidate who then faces a vote before the Senate Judiciary Committee before final approval by the Senate.

The court plays a crucial role in US life and is often the final word on highly contentious laws and disputes between states and the federal government.

For the first time since 1991, the judiciary committee has deadlocked on whether to recommend confirmation of a Supreme Court nominee.

Back then, it was Clarence Thomas – mired in allegations of sexual harassment – who failed to win majority support. This time, the dispute is purely ideological. Even Ketanji Brown Jackson’s critics laud her character and the ground-breaking nature of her nomination. Their objection is with her judicial philosophy – and the way she would presumably vote on high-profile issues like abortion, religious freedom and civil rights.

While Jackson appears likely to prevail, the manner of her confirmation does not bode well for a process that is becoming increasingly entrenched in partisanship. Only a handful of senators have crossed party lines in recent Supreme Court confirmations – something that was once common.

The one occasion since 1991 that a Supreme Court vacancy has come up when the Senate and the presidency were controlled by different parties, the nominee – Merrick Garland, selected by President Obama in 2016 – was not even allowed a committee hearing.

If Republicans win control of the Senate this year, it appears likely the door will slam shut on any future Biden Supreme Court nominees.

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Source: BBC News wrote the original article.

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