Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in as the first female black judge of the United States Supreme Court.
He was sworn in on Thursday, local time. This is the first time in the country’s 233-year history that a black woman has become a judge of the Supreme Court. News Reuters.
Jackson, 51, is set to join the Supreme Court at a time when a majority of conservative judges are exerting influence over the court’s ruling. The Conservatives now lead the Supreme Court judges 6-3.
President Joe Biden nominated Jackson to replace Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer. Breyer, the oldest member of the Supreme Court, officially retired on Thursday.
Recognizing the right to abortion nationally, the Conservative-controlled Supreme Court overturned the landmark judgment in the 1983 Row v. Wade case on the basis of a majority just six days ago. Protests then spread across the country.
Liberal Justice Jackson said in a statement: “With the utmost sincerity, I take the formal sacred responsibility of upholding and protecting the United States Constitution and administering justice out of fear.”
A survey conducted by Reuters and Ipsos this week found that 56 percent of Americans have a negative view of the court after an abortion verdict.
This is an important change considering the beginning of this month. Shortly afterwards, the majority of Americans had a positive attitude towards the courts.
Jackson is the 116th judge of the United States Supreme Court. Since the establishment of the Supreme Court in 1989, she has served as the sixth woman and the third black judge.
If Jackson takes office, the number of women judges in the nine-member Supreme Court will rise to four. Of the other five male judges, four are white and one is black.
There has been no change in the Conservatives’ 6-3 majority in the Supreme Court since Jackson took office.
In early April, the upper house of Congress voted to finalize the appointment of Jackson, nominated by President Joe Biden. The Senate approved his appointment by a vote of 53-48. Three Republicans also voted in favor of his appointment.