N.C. leader defends Ketanji Brown Jackson’s confirmation

RALEIGH, N.C. — The votes are in and Ketanji Brown Jackson has been confirmed to the U.S. Supreme Court.

On Thursday, Jackson became the first Black woman ever to become a Supreme Court justice and the first former public defender to be confirmed.

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In March, Jackson was grilled by senators in her Supreme Court nomination hearing for being a public defender and Deonte Thomas couldn’t believe it.

What You Need To Know

  • Ketanji Brown Jackson is the first public defender to serve on the U.S. Supreme Court
  • Wake County’s Chief Public Defender Deonte Thomas says Jackson is the most qualified Supreme Court justice, ever
  • Jackson is also the first Black woman to be a Supreme Court justice

Thomas is the chief public defender for Wake County and says Jackson’s experience as a public defender makes her more than ready to serve as a Supreme Court justice.

“She’s clearly the most qualified Supreme Court candidate we’ve had in a long time, some people say the most qualified person ever,” Thomas said.

Thomas also talked about Jackson being the first Black woman to be a Supreme Court justice.

He says having diversity in the court is a good thing, and says he sees too many instances of people trying to twist it as a bad thing.

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