07 July 2022

Ketanji Brown Jackson sworn in as first black woman on US top court.

Ketanji Brown Jackson has been sworn in as the newest associate Supreme Court justice, becoming the first black woman to serve on the nation's highest court.

The appointment follows one of the most consequential Supreme Court terms in recent memory, with significant rulings on abortion and gun rights.

Ms Jackson, 51, will replace Justice Stephen Breyer, joining the court's three-member liberal minority.

She accepts "the solemn responsibility" of the role, she said in a statement.

US President Joe Biden, a Democrat, announced her nomination in February. In April, three Republicans crossed the aisle to seal her appointment in the US Senate.

Ms Jackson, a Washington DC native, previously sat on the influential US court of Appeals for the DC circuit.

She has two degrees from Harvard University and once served as editor of the Harvard Law Review. She worked as a public defender in Washington before joining a private practice prior to her judicial appointments.

Source: www.bbc.com

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