During his brief stint in federal appeals court, Judge Jackson had yet to provide a basis for his legal philosophy. But her earlier rulings as a district judge in Washington were seen as liberal.
Her most notable decisions for the district court include blocking the Trump administration’s effort to fast-track evictions, cutting short-term benefits for preventing teen pregnancy and defended a former White House adviser who testified before Congress about President Donald Trump’s efforts to obstruct the Russia investigation.
“The President is not a king,” she wrote in 2019, ruling that Donald F. McGahn II, a former White House adviser, is subject to a congressional subpoena to seek testimony about actions. of Mr. Trump. “They have no subjects, bound by loyalty or bloodline, but they have the right to control their own destiny.”
As Mr. Biden was weighing his options from a short list of other candidates, Judge Jackson emerged as a frontrunner among advisers who saw her as a logical choice, in part because she won Republican support for her confirmation to the appeals court. . Mr. Biden’s attorney general Merrick Garland who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Barack Obama was blocked by Republicans in 2016, formerly the chief justice of the appeals court, and he has decided to leave his seat. reserve to serve in Mr. Biden’s cabinet. that opened up the place that Judge Jackson filled.
The president’s decision to take her to the appeals court was seen as a signal that, if he were given the opportunity to name a candidate, she would be at or near the top of his list to fulfill his word. promised his candidacy in the Democratic primary to nominate a black woman to court. Her background as a public defender also makes her an unusual choice, but for Mr. Biden, it is an attractive choice.
“The law is not esoteric to Joe Biden,” said Jeff Peck, a lobbyist who served as general counsel and chief staff officer of the Senate Judiciary Committee when Biden was chairman. “He wants to make sure there is a justice that understands how the law impacts people in their day-to-day lives.”
Last year, when a Republican senator asked during confirmation if she was concerned that her job as a public defender could keep violent criminals back on the streets. no, she argues that having such a resume is an asset.
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