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Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson gets key vote

Senator Joe Manchin says he’ll vote to confirm
The fight for a Supreme Court seat
Published: Mar. 25, 2022 at 11:21 AM EDT
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TOLEDO, Ohio (WTVG) - Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson is one major step closer to becoming a United States Supreme Court Justice.

On Friday West Virginia Senator Joe Manchin announced he’ll support Brown Jackson’s nomination.

People across the country have been watching these nomination hearings which include University of Toledo Law Professor Lee Strang.

One of the biggest takeaways from the Senate confirmation hearing of Judge Brown Jackson is the lack or fireworks, the lack of drama.

“So she’s relatively cautious. A lot of questions she didn’t answer. There were a number of questions she answered in a general or abstract way,” said Strang.

Not surprising according to Strang who says some responses make her sound more like someone appointed by a Republican president.

“Somebody who is perceived as to have a general progressive political view or ideologically view is saying the kind of things a more conservative ideological view person like a Kavanaugh or a Gorsuch would have said and in fact did say,” said Strang.

Of course she wasn’t. Strang says Brown Jackson she has all the qualifications, with some of her rulings leaning left of center.

Judge Brown Jackson would be the first former public defender on the high court since Thurgood Marshall which would bring a new perspective.

Republicans have hammered her with questions to discern how she’d rule on things like transgender cases with no controversial answers yet.

“If Supreme Court justices are going to be deciding these very important issues and you know issues regarding transgenderism are going to come before the Supreme Court, people want to know what do you think a man is, or what do you think a woman is,” said Strang.

The historical significance of the first black woman nominated for this position is not lost on Senators according to Strang and we not sure exactly how every single Senator will vote.

“Most of the fighting is over does this person have, depending on who the questioner is, the right philosophy of judging, the right approach to the constitution.”

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