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A PEER'S PERSPECTIVE ...Retired Superior Court Judge and former Palo Alto City Council member LaDoris Cordell spoke recently in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden's pick to replace Justice Stephen Breyer on the Supreme Court. Appearing Monday on AMplified with Aisha Millson Black News Channel, a national cable network, Cordell discussed the pressures that come from being the first person of a given group to rise to a particular position. Brown Jackson would be the first Black woman to sit on the Supreme Court, and Cordell herself was the first Black female judge in northern California when she was appointed to the Santa Clara County Superior Court in 1982. Cordell said that pressure comes both from those who have bought into stereotypes and think you will fail, as well as from other people of color who expect you to succeed, lest you make a mistake and another person of color isn't given the same opportunity for a long time. "Judge Brown Jackson, she will absolutely rise to the occasion," Cordell said. Cordell also spoke about why Brown Jackson's perspectives as a Black woman and former public defender will be significant on the court. When the justices sit down to discuss cases, Cordell said it is important that their voices represent the nation's diversity. "We need America sitting at the table when these justices meet," Cordell said. As for the upcoming Senate confirmation hearings, Cordell said she expects it to be a close vote, and called senators who vote against Brown Jackson now, despite supporting her appointment to lower courts in the past, "hypocrites, plain and simple." Cordell also described Brown Jackson as the "rightful heir" to Justice Thurgood Marshall's seat on the court. Marshall was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court.

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Posted by What Will They Do Next
a resident of Old Palo Alto
on Mar 7, 2022 at 11:52 am

What Will They Do Next is a registered user.

"Cordell also described Brown Jackson as the "rightful heir" to Justice Thurgood Marshall's seat on the court. Marshall was the first African American to serve on the Supreme Court."

How is it that the former judge came to the conclusion that Brown Jackson was the "rightful" heir to Thurgood Marshall's seat on the court?

If her conclusion is based solely on race, then why did she not give that designation to Justice Clarence Thomas? Or does the "heir" need to meet the liberal justice litmus test?

Posted by Citizen
a resident of College Terrace
on Mar 7, 2022 at 1:39 pm

Citizen is a registered user.

Ketanji Brown Jackson is apparently way left on the political spectrum. That is a poor choice for America.

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