Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Issues First Opinion

  • In her first opinion since joining the Supreme Court, Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson wrote a two-page dissent over the court’s refusal to hear an appeal from a death row inmate.
  • Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined Jackson’s dissent.
  • Arguing that inmate Davel Chinn’s case should have been returned to a lower appeals court for further proceedings, Jackson said a lower court applied the wrong legal standard when weighing the extent to which evidence that Chinn claims was improperly withheld might have helped him at trial.
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