It seems like it was not that long ago that Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Jackson was hailed as a consensus nominee. In the weeks that have passed since her nomination, we seem to be learning only troubling details about her past.
Last month we found out that Jackson, a Harvard Law Review author, wrote a “Note,” arguing that sex offenders convicted in 1996 were treated unfairly in courts.
This was not mentioned in her background check.
Another concerning detail was revealed this week: Her past representation of terrorists held at Guantanamo bay prison.
In closed-door meetings with Jackson and Josh Hawley, Senator (Republican from Missouri) According to reports, she raised the matter and indicated that it would be brought up at her hearing.
“We spoke… about her representation Guantanamo Bay detainees. Hawley stated that he expressed concern about the situation. According to The Hill Hawley stated that he found her private practice representing Gitmo detainees “interesting” as well as “a little concerning.”
Senator Dick Durbin (D.Ill.), believes Jackson’s criticism is unfounded.
“The United States of America tries to ensure that everyone has the right to counsel. Durbin stated that Republicans forget to consider the possibility of representing controversial defendants.
The Republican National Committee (RNC), however, argues Jackson’s “advocacy” goes beyond just providing them with a competent defense.
The RNC stated that Jackson claimed she didn’t get to choose her clients as a public defender but she still advocated Guantanamo terrorists in private practice.
The Hill reports that Jackson worked previously as a Washington, D.C. public defender from 2005 to 2007. This was in the wake of a landmark Supreme Court ruling related to Guantanamo Bay detainees. Her cases also included Khi Ali Gul’s work in the case Khi Ali Gul. Jackson cited the case as one of the 10 most important in her career when she responded to the questionnaire of the Senate Judiciary Committee for her Supreme Court nomination.
Jackson worked for Gitmo terrorists even after he returned to private practice. He was involved in “Supreme Court amicus briefs” in Guantanamo Bay cases, Boumediene and Bush. This was done on behalf of groups that support challenging the Defense Department’s detention reviewing system.