President Biden is praising his Supreme Court pick as “one of the nation’s brightest legal minds,” but legal scholars warn she is hostile to religious liberty.
After first announcing he would choose a black woman, the president tweeted his choice: Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson of the U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit to replace retiring Justice Stephen Breyer.
Kelly Shackelford, president, CEO, and chief counsel for First Liberty Institute, which has won many Supreme Court cases, slammed Jackson.
“In nominating Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Biden is selecting a judicial activist for the Supreme Court,” Shackelford said.
“Her record from the beginning of her career shows hostility to religious liberty, free speech, and other constitutional rights,” he added. “The American people do not want a liberal extremist on the Supreme Court. If confirmed, Judge Jackson’s judicial activism will place the constitutional rights of all Americans in jeopardy.”
Father Frank Pavone, the national director of Priests for Life, also opposes Jackson:
“We strongly oppose the nomination of this extremist to the Supreme Court, but did not expect anything better,” the pro-life advocate said. “Judges are not supposed to invent rights that are not found in the text, structure or history of the U.S. Constitution.”
Jackson has faced scrutiny over her judicial record, which includes several high-profile rulings that were later overruled by higher courts.
This is a developing story.