Friday, June 14, 2024

Klobuchar: SCOTUS Nominee More Qualified Than ‘Four People’ Already on Bench

'Not that we’re keeping track... '

(Headline USA) Sen. Amy Klobuchar, D-Minn., took a shot at the conservative Supreme Court justices appointed by former President Donald Trump this week, claiming President Joe Biden’s nominee has more experience than “four people” on the bench.

Biden announced last week that he has nominated Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Justice Stephen Breyer, who is retiring this summer. Jackson met with several lawmakers on Capitol Hill this week, including Klobuchar.

“I already was at one of her confirmation hearings and saw the kind of partisan support that she got, which I think is important,” Klobuchar said.

“I also think it’s really interesting to have someone with a background as a public defender and also have a brother who’s a police officer and an uncle who was a police chief.”

Klobuchar then added that Jackson, who was a judge on the U.S. District Court for the District of Columbia from 2013 to last year, when she was confirmed to the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit, has more judicial experience than “four people who are already on the Supreme Court.”

“Not that we’re keeping track,” she said.

Conservative organizations, including the Heritage Foundation, have come out hard against Jackson’s nomination, describing her as the “radical Left’s” top choice. They cited radical positions she has taken in the past, including an unsigned note she authored for the Harvard Law Review in 1996 in which she called for judges to be more understanding when deciding how to apply state sex-offender statutes.

“In the current climate of fear, hatred, and revenge associated with the release of convicted sex criminals, courts must be especially attentive to legislative enactments that ‘use public health and safety rhetoric to justify procedures that are, in essence, punishment and detention,'” Jackson wrote at the time.

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