On Thursday, Ketanji Brown Jackson (who is not a biologist) was officially sworn in as America’s first black female Supreme Court Justice.
Brown replaces Justice Breyer, whose retirement took effect at noon on Thursday.
Jackson’s confirmation hearings were shrouded in controversy, as her legacy rulings, during her time as a federal judge, demonstrated a repeated pattern of delivering light sentences for pedophiles and child pornographers.
In a statement, Jackson said, “With a full heart, I accept the solemn responsibility of supporting and defending the Constitution of the United States and administering justice without fear or favor, so help me God. I am truly grateful to be part of the promise of our great Nation. I extend my sincerest thanks to all of my new colleagues for their warm and gracious welcome.”
One of the key moments during her confirmation hearing was when Senator Blackburn asked Ketanji if she could define what a “woman” is.
Ketanji replied, “no.”