Veronica Ghent (Alice Krige) is an aging movie star, traveling by train to a remote area in Scotland for what she believes will be a "solitary" retreat. She has just undergone a double mastectomy, and the tabloids are having a field day about what might have "gone wrong" with her undisclosed surgery. Still wrapped in bandages, Veronica has a nurse traveling with her, a young woman with bleached-white hair named Desi (Kota Eberhardt), who at first displays irritation at the imperious manner of her employer, but soon grows to appreciate and even share Veronica's physical and psychic pain. Upon arrival, Veronica is horrified to learn that it is not a solitary retreat at all. A bunch of people have gathered there, doing woo-woo group activities led by a pompous flamboyantly-dressed "artist" named Tirador (Rupert Everett), who declares himself a "feminist." (Look out.) Everyone recognizes Veronica. This is the worst possible place for her to recover.
Reeb said in a statement issued by New Mexico's First Judicial District Attorney Tuesday that she will \"not allow questions about my serving as a legislator and prosecutor to cloud the real issue at hand.\"
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In evaluating any given claim of misconduct, we will be ill served in the long run if we abandon the presumption of innocence and fairness, tempting though it may be. We must always remember that it is when passions are most inflamed that fairness is most in jeopardy.
Since the hearing, I have listened to many survivors of sexual assault. Many were total strangers who told me their heart-wrenching stories for the first time in their lives. Some were friends I have known for decades, yet with the exception of one woman who had confided in me years ago, I had no idea that they had been the victims of sexual attacks. I am grateful for their courage and their willingness to come forward, and I hope that in heightening public awareness, they have also lightened the burden that they have been quietly bearing for so many years. To them, I pledge to do all that I can to ensure that their daughters and granddaughters never share their experiences.
We live in a time of such great disunity, as the bitter fight over this nomination both in the Senate and among the public clearly demonstrates. It is not merely a case of different groups having different opinions. It is a case of people bearing extreme ill will toward those who disagree with them. In our intense focus on our differences, we have forgotten the common values that bind us together as Americans. When some of our best minds are seeking to develop ever more sophisticated algorithms designed to link us to websites that only reinforce and cater to our views, we can only expect our differences to intensify.
In joining the court, Jackson will not change its 6-3 conservative supermajority and she will likely be in the minority for many opinions. But for the first time, the liberal side of the court will be a multiracial group of women: Jackson, Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan.
Throughout her career, Ketanji Brown Jackson has been one of just a few Black women.\n\n\n\nWhen Jackson became a clerk for Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer in 1999, less than 2 percent of the high court\u2019s clerks at the time were Black.\n\n\n\nWhen she was appointed to be a U.S. district judge in 2013, Black women made up about 1 percent of all judges to ever sit on the federal bench.\n\n\n\nNow, Jackson will be the first Black woman to hold a Supreme Court seat. The Senate on Thursday voted 53-47 to confirm Jackson\u2019s historic nomination to the nation\u2019s highest court. Though Jackson will not change the court\u2019s conservative majority, she will change the court. Her presence is set to create the first all-women liberal wing of the court, whose dissenting opinions are expected to outline their vision for a more just country and possibly influence future Supreme Court rulings. Jackson\u2019s position on the Supreme Court will also change the legal profession, giving Black women new representation at the highest levels.\n\n\n\nJackson\u2019s confirmation comes 41 days after President Joe Biden announced her nomination. Vice President Kamala Harris, a historic first in her own right, presided over the final vote, though Democrats did not need her to break a tie. In the end, Senate Democrats were unified in their support for Jackson; Republican Sens. Susan Collins of Maine, Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Mitt Romney of Utah joined them. She will replace Breyer, her former boss, when he steps down from the court at the end of its current term in June or July.\n\n\n\nIn addition to Jackson\u2019s title as the country\u2019s first Black woman Supreme Court justice, she will also be the first justice in three decades with criminal defense experience. She was a federal public defender from 2005 to 2007, representing people who lacked the resources to hire an attorney. With eight years of experience in the U.S. district court, Jackson will also have more experience as a federal trial court judge than any other sitting justice. Both aspects of her background will be valuable to the Supreme Court, legal experts told The 19th.\n\n\n\nNine of the 62 cases, or 14 percent, heard by the Supreme Court in 2020 were criminal. Twenty percent of the court\u2019s cases were criminal in 2019.\n\n\n\n\n\n\u201cThe Supreme Court is absolutely a really important player in the criminal justice space,\u201d said Alexis Karteron, an associate professor of law at Rutgers Law School. \u201cThey're making decisions around constitutional law that affect the rights of people who are defendants in the criminal legal system all the time, as well as interpreting criminal laws.\u201d\n\n\n\nThree of the current nine justices are former prosecutors, but Jackson\u2019s defense background provides a different perspective in considering whether the rights of defendants are being upheld. During her confirmation hearings for the Supreme Court and D.C. appellate court, Jackson explained to senators that her time in public defense shaped how she approaches her role as a judge. She was surprised by how many defendants did not understand why they were facing specific charges, Jackson told senators last year. \n\n\n\n\u201cI speak to them directly and not just to their lawyers,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cI use their names. I explain every stage of the proceeding because I want them to know what\u2019s going on.\u201d She also explains the harm they have caused to others.\n\n\n\nHer work as a federal trial judge will also allow her to discuss the nuances of Supreme Court cases in a way that is easily digestible for the lower courts, Karteron said. \n\n\n\nJackson\u2019s position on the Supreme Court will likely reverberate for many women and people of color. She has repeatedly cited Constance Baker Motley, the first Black woman to become a federal judge \u2014 with whom she shares a birthday \u2014 as a source of motivation in her own professional journey. As a justice and a historical first, she will be that inspirational figure for many, particularly Black women and girls faced with navigating spaces dominated by White men.\n\n\n\nThe legal field, like many industries, has long failed to adequately include people from historically marginalized communities. In 2020, Black people represented 5 percent of all active lawyers, the same percent as 10 years before, according to the American Bar Association. Black women lawyers said they believe Jackson\u2019s representation will demonstrate the heights that Black women can reach.\n\n\n\n\u201cI think that she is a really great example for a lot of people who will be first, people who will sit in rooms where there aren't many folks who look like them, people for whom being successful in their chosen field will be a regular and consistent uphill battle,\u201d said Kimberly Mutcherson, co-dean and professor at Rutgers Law School in Camden, New Jersey.\n\n\n\nLaw students rally in support of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson outside the U.S. Capitol on March 21, 2022 in Washington, DC.\n (Samuel Corum\/Getty Images)\n\n\n\nThis symbolic role is one taken up by other historic justices, including Sandra Day O\u2019Connor, the country\u2019s first woman on the high court, and Sonia Sotomayor, the first woman of color of the court.\n\n\n\n\u201cSandra Day O\u2019Connor deployed her symbolic role to inspire girls and women all over America to aspire to equal respect and ambition,\u201d said Linda Hirshman, a lawyer and author of several books, including \u201cSisters in Law: How Sandra Day O'Connor and Ruth Bader Ginsburg Went to the Supreme Court and Changed the World.\u201d \u201cIn a similar way, Jackson may use her position on the Supreme Court to inspire Black people and Black women\u201d through speaking engagements and sharing details of her life story, Hirshman added.\n\n\n\nJackson during her Senate Judiciary hearing talked about her efforts to engage young people, telling Democratic Sen. Alex Padilla of California that she speaks with them regularly.\n\n\n\n\u201cI hope to inspire people to try to follow this path because I love this country, because I love the law, because I think it is important that we all invest in our future,\u201d Jackson said. \u201cYoung people are the future, and so I want them to know that they can do and be anything.\u201d\n\n\n\nJackson will join the court during a precarious time. Polling indicates that public confidence in the Supreme Court reached a new low last year, with 40 percent of Americans approving of how justices have carried out their jobs, according to Gallup. Many are calling for changes to how the court operates, saying the court, and the justice confirmation process, have become too politicized. That position has recently gotten new fuel with arguments that Justice Clarence Thomas should have recused himself from cases on the 2020 election and January 6 attack on the Capitol because his wife, Ginni Thomas, advocated for the election\u2019s result to be overturned. \n\n\n\n\n\nIn joining the court, Jackson will not change its 6-3 conservative supermajority and she will likely be in the minority for many opinions. But for the first time, the liberal side of the court will be a multiracial group of women: Jackson, Sotomayor and Justice Elena Kagan. \n\n\n\nThrough their different professional and personal experiences, they will offer viewpoints and write dissents that may shape how the conservative justices consider a case. \u201cIt's not uncommon to see a majority opinion reference arguments that are raised in dissent,\u201d Karteron said.\n\n\n\nThe court\u2019s highly anticipated decision in Dobbs v. Jackson Women\u2019s Health Organization, a case that will determine the constitutionality of a 15-week abortion ban passed in Mississippi, will come before Jackson joins the court Still, the issue of abortion will likely continue to move through the federal courts after that decision as states\u2019 laws restricting abortion access spark new lawsuits, reproductive rights experts said. \n\n\n\nQuestions asked by Republican senators during Jackson\u2019s confirmation hearings also signal a desire for the court to go beyond abortion and challenge what\u2019s known as \u201cunenumerated rights\u201d \u2014 rights that are not explicitly outlined in the constitution but have been upheld by Supreme Court decisions, Melissa Murray, the Frederick I. and Grace Stokes professor of law at New York University, told The 19th. Such unenumerated rights include the landmark 2015 decision recognizing the constitutional right of same-sex couples to marry, which Republicans repeatedly referenced during Jackson\u2019s hearings.\n\n\n\nIt\u2019s unclear exactly which of these subjects may come before the court in the future, but court watchers will likely keep a close eye on dissents written by the three liberal women justices. \n\n\n\nSotomayor has already shown herself to be a talented dissenter who crafts her arguments in a way that is more easily understandable to the general public, said Anna Law, an associate professor of political science and the Herb Kurz Chair in constitutional rights at CUNY Brooklyn College. These dissents can be used by legal advocates and policy advocates in current fights over legislation, but they also serve as a roadmap for future legislative change. If the court shifts left ideologically in the future, these dissents may become the basis for majority opinions, Law said.\n\n\n\nA dissent by Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg notably led to federal legislation. In 2007, the Supreme Court ruled 5-4 against Lilly Ledbetter\u2019s lawsuit alleging pay discrimination. Ginsburg argued that \u201cthe court does not comprehend or is indifferent to the insidious way in which women can be victims of pay discriminations.\u201d Ginsburg\u2019s words and friendship prompted Ledbetter to continue her fight for equal pay, and the Lilly Ledbetter Fair Pay Act became the first piece of legislation signed into law by President Barack Obama in 2009.\n\n\n\nHowever Jackson uses her voice as a member of the Supreme Court, it\u2019s clear that she understands the weight of her history-making achievement. \n\n\n\n\u201cI am humbled and honored to have the opportunity to serve in this capacity and to be the first and only Black woman to serve on the United States Supreme Court,\u201d Jackson said during her confirmation hearings. \u201cI stand on the shoulders of generations past who never had anything close to this opportunity. \u2026 This is a moment that all Americans should be proud.\u201d\n","post_title":"Ketanji Brown Jackson will be the first Black woman justice. 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