Alabama’s first black federal judge has spoken out against one of President Biden’s potential Supreme Court picks in a letter to the Commander-in-Chief who was obtained by NBC News.
UW Clemon, former Chief Judge of the United States District Court for the Northern District of Alabama, urged the president not to consider Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson for the vacancy.
The retired judge said there were “several exceptionally qualified black female candidates for the Supreme Court” but he “strongly believes[s]“Jackson should not be considered.
Clemon cited the Ross v. Lockhead case as the reason for her opposition to Jackson, a class action lawsuit she presided over on behalf of 5,500 Black Lockheed Martin employees. Clemon wrote that Jackson refused to approve the settlement reached which would have provided $22 million to the workers.
“She declined to approve the settlement because, in her view, there were no common factual issues,” Clemon wrote.
The White House defended Jackson following Clemon’s letter in a statement to BNC News.
“It is through Justice Jackson’s experience in roles at all levels of the justice system, her character and her legal genius that President BidenJoe BidenWisconsin Supreme Court Allows Ballot Box Ban For April Election On The Money: Border Blockade Hits US Economy Overnight Health Care – COVID-19 Vaccine For Young Children Delayed appointed her to the DC Circuit Court, after which she received her third Senate confirmation, and he is very proud of that decision,” Deputy Press Secretary Andrew Bates said in the statement.
Biden said last week he had narrowed his search to four candidates to replace the retired judge Stephen Breyer, adding that he plans to announce his choice by the end of February.
When Biden campaigned for the presidency in 2020, he pledged to appoint a black woman to the Supreme Court in the event of an opening.
Senate Democrats are eager for Biden to make his pick so they can begin the confirmation process and avoid any potential GOP attempts to slow him down.