By
G. McConway
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December 21, 2023

Biden Justice Steeped in Controversy After Appointment

A recent ethics complaint against Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson has conservatives all riled up.

In the complaint filed by a watchdog agency, Jackson allegedly failed to report some of her husband’s income.

This is one of many controversies she has found herself in since taking her seat on the bench.

Polarizing

Jackson was not even on the bench when her finances came under scrutiny, which Jackson claimed were “inadvertently omitted.” Senator John Kennedy (R-LA) addressed them during the hearings.

He stated, "Justice Jackson made multiple amendments three days after President Biden nominated her. Not one senator brought that up during her confirmation hearings. Not one of my colleagues here walked into her hearings with the buckets of mud that they've thrown against Justice Thomas. Not one.”

Jackson also got some attention for more or less accusing the Supreme Court members of being racist in the majority opinion of Students for Fair Admissions v. Harvard.

In her dissent, she wrote, "With let-them-eat-cake obliviousness, today, the majority pulls the ripcord and announces 'colorblindness for all' by legal fiat.

"But deeming race irrelevant in law does not make it so in life. And having so detached itself from this country’s actual past and present experiences, the Court has now been lured into interfering with the crucial work that UNC and other institutions of higher learning are doing to solve America’s real-world problems."

That dissent drew the ire of Justice Clarence Thomas, who, in his opinion, directly attacked Jackson, writing, “So Justice Jackson supplies the link herself: the legacy of slavery and the nature of inherited wealth. This, she claims, locks blacks into a seemingly perpetual inferior caste.

"Such a view is irrational; it is an insult to individual achievement and cancerous to young minds seeking to push through barriers, rather than consign themselves to permanent victimhood."

Then, as mentioned above, an ethics complaint was filed by the Center for Renewing America, stating, "We know this by Justice Jackson’s own admission in her amended disclosure form for 2020, filed when she was nominated to the Supreme Court, that 'some of my previously filed reports inadvertently omitted' her husband’s income from ‘consulting on medical malpractice cases.’"

Jackson will surely be under the spotlight again in the Trump disqualification case that is about to go before the court.

Is this court partisan or can justices make a ruling solely based on the law and our Constitution? We are about to find out.

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