Biden to Reveal Supreme Court Nominee

President Joe Biden will announce his Supreme Court nominee today. 

It is widely speculated that the nomination will go to Ketanji Brown Jackson, who at 51 currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia. 

Jackson has been seen as the front-runner for the historic nomination from the day Justice Stephen Breyer retired. The court on which she currently sits is considered to be the second most powerful court in the United States, and often seen as a stepping stone onto the Supreme Court.

Jackson successfully went through the Senate confirmation process for judges in June 2021 when she was tapped by Biden to be elevated from the Federal District Court in Washington, D.C. onto the powerful U.S. Court of Appeals for the D.C. Circuit. Jackson also was a law clerk for Breyer, making it potentially a nice full-circle moment. 

Long seen as the front runner, a federal court increased the buzz around her as the nominee on Thursday when the US Court of Appeals for the DC Circuit made an usual procedure by issuing an opinion. It broke with its typical schedule of Tuesday and Friday as release days. Legal experts have said that this was a sign Jackson could be the nominee, with the announcement coming Friday. 

Jackson also this week gained an endorsement from civil rights attorney Ben Crump, who urged Biden to choose her as the nomination. Crump, in an Op-Ed, said that there would be no learning curve for Jackson, who is “battle tested.” 

Earlier this week, the White House said that Biden interviewed three Supreme Court candidates. The White House said that Biden had not yet made his decision but would do so before the end of February, which is quickly approaching. The three interviews reportedly were with Judge Jackson, Leondra R. Kruger of the California Supreme Court, and J. Michelle Childs, a Federal District Court judge in South Carolina. 

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