Sen. Chuck Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson about her judicial philosophy – a repeated question from Republicans – as the Senate Judiciary Committee continued its Supreme Court confirmation hearings March 23.
Grassley said Jackson previously acknowledged that her record has had few cases involving constitutional law “to develop a judicial philosophy.”
“If you haven’t had to develop a philosophy for deciding cases yet, what else do you think would be helpful for us to look at,” the senator asked.
Jackson responded that she did have a judicial philosophy, which was committed to impartiality.
“I do have a philosophy. The philosophy is my methodology. It is a philosophy that I have developed from practice,” Jackson said. “Unlike some judges who come to appellate work from academia and who have some overarching theory of the law, I approach cases from experience, from practice and consistent with my constitutional obligations.”
Wednesday was the Senate committee’s final day to question Jackson, who was nominated by President Joe Biden in February to replace retiring Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer. If confirmed, she will be the first Black woman on the high court. On the final day of the hearings March 24, the Senate Judiciary Committee will hear from friends and colleagues of Jackson about her temperament and approach to the law.
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