Several high-profile cases await Ketanji Brown Jackson

Fox News reported that on Thursday the Senate voted to confirm federal Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to serve on the Supreme Court.

However, Jackson will not take her seat on the Court until Justice Stephen Breyer formally steps down sometime this summer. While it is not known which case Jackson will hear first, Fox Business has listed some possibilities.  

Cases will deal with wetlands, agriculture, and free speech

One is called Sackett v. Environmental Protection Agency, and it centers on what standard should be used when determining whether wetlands can be considered “waters of the United States” purposes of the Clean Water Act.

Another dispute revolves around Proposition 12, a California law banning the sale of pork in the state unless the animal from which it was derived had a required space allotment.

Fox Business noted that California produces almost no pork, meaning that the law’s effects will be felt entirely by out-of-state farmers.

This led the plaintiffs in National Pork Producers Council v. Ross to argue that the “massive costs of complying” with Proposition 12 will result in higher pork prices for consumers nationwide, thus implicating the Constitution’s dormant Commerce Clause.

Meanwhile, the Court has also agreed to hear Creative LLC v. Elenis. In that case, web designer Lorie Smith says a public-accommodation law violates her rights under the First Amendment.

She complains that the law compels her to design and publish websites promoting messages that violate her beliefs while also prohibiting her from stating on her website that she will only perform work consistent with those beliefs.

Tough questions regarding Jackson’s record on child pornography

While the Supreme Court has agreed to take the aforementioned cases beginning in October, it has yet to announce the order in which they will be heard.

Jackson’s confirmation came following contentions hearings in which Republican senators complained that she had been too lenient in sentencing child pornography offenders.

“This is somebody who apologizes to the criminals,” Missouri Sen. Josh Hawley told Fox News host Sean Hannity late last month.

“This is someone who has handed out one lenient sentence after another, especially when it comes to these child sex crimes,” Hawley continued, adding, “And frankly, this is somebody who I just can’t support.”

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