Saturday, April 13

The White House nominated Judge Michelle Childs as a candidate for the Supreme Court

Childs currently practices as a judge in federal court in South Carolina.

Childs currently practices as a judge in federal court in South Carolina.

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WASHINGTON – The White House has confirmed in recent hours that the judge Michelle Childs is one of the candidates that US President Joe Biden is evaluating to replace progressive Justice Steven Breyer, who this week announced his retirement, on the Supreme Court.

Biden announced this week that he will choose an African-American woman for the vacancy in the country’s highest judicial body and, since then, there has been speculation about who will be chosen.

Given the rumors that Childs was among the candidates, one of the White House spokesmen, Andrew Bates, confirmed in a statement that the magistrate is among “the multiple individuals being considered for the Supreme Court“.

With a track record that includes rulings in favor of marriage equality and voting rights protections, Childs currently practices as a judge in federal court in South Carolina.

She was nominated in December for the District of Columbia court of appeals., considered the second most important court in the country and a stepping stone to reach the Supreme Court.

However, his Senate confirmation process stalled this week because Biden is considering her for the vacancy on the Supreme Court, Bates revealed.

This week, in an appearance before the press, Biden said that he had not yet selected anyone for the Supreme Court, but announced that he will announce his decision before the end of February.

Apart from the name of Childs, other possible candidates that sound stronger are Leondra Kruger, current judge on the Supreme Court of California, and Ketanji Brown Jackson, whom Barack Obama already considered in 2016 for another vacancy in the Supreme Court and who she worked as a court clerk for Breyer.

In all of US history. Only two African-Americans have worn the robe of Supreme Court justice -Thurgood Marshall and Clarence Thomas, and five women, including three of its current members: Sonia Sotomayor, Elena Kagan, and Amy Coney Barrett.

The US Supreme Court is currently made up of nine lifetime justices: six conservatives and three progressives, including Breyer.

Biden’s nominee will be from a similar ideological line to Breyer, so it won’t change the current balance of the highest court, which hasn’t been this conservative since the 1930s.

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