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Jackson Not Soft on Crime, Bar Association Tells Senate Hearing

Ketanji Brown Jackson during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 23.

Ketanji Brown Jackson during a Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing in Washington, D.C., on March 23.

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Members of an American Bar Association panel that gave Ketanji Brown Jackson its highest professional rating for the Supreme Court said reviewers found no evidence she’s soft on crime as Republicans charged at her confirmation hearings.

“Notably, no judge, defense counsel, or prosecutor expressed any concern in this regard, and they uniformly rejected any accusations of bias,” D. Jean Veta, a co-lead evaluator on Jackson’s Well Qualified review and senior counsel with Covington & Burling, told the Senate Judiciary Committee on Thursday.