A Black former federal judge from Alabama, U.W. Clemon, just spoke out against one of President Joe Biden’s potential U.S. Supreme Court nominees, The Hill reports.
Biden was cheered by most in his party for vowing during the 2020 campaign, and later on after Justice Stephen Breyer’s retirement announcement, to select a Black woman as his nominee to the high court.
As Fox News previously reported, this was Biden’s vow:
I’ve made no decision except one: The person I will nominate will be someone with extraordinary qualifications, character, experience and integrity. And, that person will be the first Black woman ever nominated to the United States Supreme Court. It’s long overdue, in my view.
The potential nominee that Judge Clemon spoke out against is Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson.
Jackson currently sits on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia, and she fits Biden’s skin color-based criteria. Reports have identified her as one of Biden’s front-runners to replace Justice Breyer.
Breitbart News described Judge Brown Jackson:
She is considered a liberal, one who ruled frequently against the Trump administration in her tenure on the D.C. district court. But, she is not considered as potentially radical as [California Supreme Court Justice Leondra] Kruger.
Still, Judge Clemon, a retired judge who was the first Black chief judge of the U.S. District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, is now urging Biden not to select Jackson.
She “should not be appointed”
Clemon recently wrote a letter to Biden asking him to choose someone other than Jackson. Clemon based his argument on Jackson’s “conduct” in Ross v. Lockheed.
The judge, according to NBC News, took issue with the fact that Jackson “refused to approve” a settlement that would have provided some $22 million to 5,500 Black Lockheed Martin employees in the case. Clemon concluded that Jackson’s actions in the case sound “the alarm that if Judge Jackson is appointed to the Supreme Court, simple justice and equality in the workplace will be sacrificed.”
White House responds
Biden’s White House decided to release a public statement responding to Clemon’s letter.
“It’s because of Judge Jackson’s experience in roles at all levels of the justice system, her character, and her legal brilliance that President Biden nominated her to the D.C. Circuit Court, after which she earned her third Senate confirmation, and he’s very proud of that decision,” wrote Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates.
It appears as though Biden has really gotten himself into a tight spot with his limited pool of eligible nominees, as they all appear to be far from widely supported.