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Justice Jackson Dives Into Supreme Court Divide in First Arguments

  • Justice was sworn in on June 30, following Breyer’s retirement
  • Divided court takes on environment, voting rights in new term
Ketanji Brown Jackson on the front plaza of the Supreme Court building following an investiture ceremony in Washington, on Sept. 30.

Ketanji Brown Jackson on the front plaza of the Supreme Court building following an investiture ceremony in Washington, on Sept. 30.

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Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson jumped right into the US Supreme Court’s ideological divide in her first argument Monday, siding with other liberals in advocating to preserve the EPA’s authority to regulate wetlands.

Her questions -- including during the rebuttal period when attorneys typically get to close their arguments without interruption -- suggest Jackson will be an active questioner from the bench. The direction of her queries also indicated that she may tend to side on some issues with the other two liberals on the 6-3 conservative leaning court.