Ketanji Brown Jackson recalls family members’ police work

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson on Day 3 of her Senate confirmation hearing

Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson (via screen)

Appears to Respond Directly to GOP Characteristics of Her as a Radical Candidate, Supreme Court Ketanji Brown Jackson expressed strong support for the role of law enforcement in her confirmation hearings Wednesday. She reflects on her family members’ experiences as a police officer as a constant reminder of the importance of her job as a judge.

Over the past three days, Republican members of the Senate Judiciary Committee have in turn labeled Judge Jackson a jurist who will be subordinate to the Supreme Court.

Sen. Lindsey Graham (RS.C.), who voted for Jackson’s promotion to the DC Circuit last year, set the tone for such critical attacks by declaring that “the party’s most radical elements Democrats with the most radical views on how to be a judge—and you are their choice. Senate Republicans, even former supporters of her, have used her career as a public defender to portray her as tolerant of crime.

“I understand the need for law enforcement”

Judge Jackson’s recounting of her family history was a tacit rebuke for those attacks on the third day of Wednesday’s testimony, in remarks highlighting how she won her conviction. Supported by the Fraternal Order of Police and the International Association of Chiefs of Police. The Senate Judiciary Committee, now controlled by Democrats, removed her endorsement from at least 60 top law enforcement officials, nearly 60 former Justice Department officials and nearly 90 former Justice Department officials. state attorney general.

When asked by Sen. Jon Ossoff (D-Ga.) To talk about her brother, Ketajh Brown, and serving in the Army and as a police officer in Baltimore, Jackson said he followed her family’s “long tradition” of public service. That tradition is a “core family value,” Jackson said, and refers to family members who work as lawyers, educators and police officers.

After graduating from Howard University, Ketajh Brown chose to work as a police officer in Baltimore, where Jackson noted that it was a city that “struggling, like many cities, with areas with a lot of crime.”

“It’s been a very stressful time for us as a family because we’re proud of his service and we know it’s important,” Jackson said. a dangerous profession. “As a family member, you worry when you don’t get a call and don’t hear back for a few days, when you hear about things in the news and in the community, you get worried.”

Jackson, who recounted that her uncles, all police officers, would place their service weapons on high shelves during family gatherings to keep them away from children, said she values ​​service. and the sacrifices of law enforcement.

“I grew up with family members who put their lives first,” says Jackson. “I understand the need for law enforcement, the importance of having people willing to do that important work, the importance of holding people accountable for their crimes. ”

“We have upheld our constitutional values”

However, Jackson says that accountability for offense includes protecting the rights of criminals to be charged, a balance she says is necessary under the law.

“I, as an attorney and a citizen, strongly believe in our Constitution and the rights that set us free and it means to me to understand that although we need accountability, despite the crime, we also have a society Jackson said. “That is what our Constitution requires. That’s what makes our system so special. ”

Jackson also recalled her brother’s decision to join the army after 9/11 and his choice to join the front line.

“I remember saying, you are going to do something with radio signals, are you going to be behind the scenes?” Jackson recalls. “He said no, I would do infantry, warm up on the ground. He said ‘I strongly believe in the defense of our country, and if I take the lead, I’m out’. My brother is like that. That’s the kind of service our family provides. ”

Jackson describes how she relates serving her brother to her own approach to practicing law, and calls her time a federal public defender, during which she represents detainees at Guantanamo Bay. If confirmed, Jackson would be the first black female Supreme Court female justice as well as the first former public defender to sit on the supreme court.

“For me, that means understanding that in order to protect our country and its values, we also need to make sure that when we react as a nation to We are upholding our constitutional values, we Jackson said. “So I joined many attorneys during that time who helped the court find the limits of executive power consistent with what the presumptives told us was important. , restrictions on the government. I worked to protect our country, my brother worked on the front lines and it’s all because public service is important to us.”

You can watch Jackson’s confirmation hearings this.

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