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  • Sen. Jon Ossoff asked about Jackson’s ruling saying ‘presidents are not kings.’
  • Sen. Thom Tillis rails against expanding the Supreme Court ahead of questioning Jackson.
  • Jackson explains how she treated convicted criminals to aid in their rehabilitation.
  • What is Jackson’s judicial philosophy? She addresses originalism in her answers.

WASHINGTON – Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson explained her sentencing practices and her views on expanding the Supreme Court, among other topics, in another day of questions from members of the Senate Judiciary Committee on Wednesday, as hearings continue over her historic nomination to be the first Black woman on the Supreme Court. 

Senators asked the judge about a wide range of topics Tuesday, including about her judicial philosophy, her faith, her work as a former federal public defender and sentences she handed down as a District Court judge in Washington. 

Wednesday’s hearing began with two senators finishing up their first round of questions, before moving into a second round – slightly shorter – with questions from the committee’s 22 members.

Democrats are planning to finish the hearings on Thursday and hope to move Jackson to a final confirmation vote by early April. 

Jackson’s first day:Jackson fights back against GOP criticism over sentencing, Gitmo 

Supreme Court Associate Justice nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson appears before the Senate Judiciary Committee during her confirmation hearing on March 23, 2022 in Washington. Judge Jackson was nominated by President Joe Biden to replace Associate Justice Stephen Breyer, who plans to retire at the end of the term. If confirmed, Judge Jackson will be the first Black woman to sit on the United States Supreme Court.

Judiciary Committee announces witness list

The Senate Judiciary Committee released the list of witnesses who will provide testimony on Thursday, the last day of the hearing on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s nomination to the Supreme Court. 

Ann Claire Williams, D. Jean Veta, and Joseph M. Drayton of the American Bar Association will kick off the day. The second group of majority witnesses is made up of Democratic Rep. Joyce Beatty of Ohio, University of Virginia School of Law dean Risa Goluboff, the Leadership Conference on Civil and Human Rights president Wade Henderson, lawyer Richard B. Rosenthal, and National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives President Capt. Frederick Thomas. 

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As more marijuana dispensaries get targeted by robbers, SAFE Banking Act lingers in Congress

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Weed dispensaries targeted by robbers: Will SAFE Banking Act help?

A bill that could allow electronic transactions at weed dispensaries nationwide is again make its way through Congress but the SAFE Banking Act might not be the cure-all that supporters envision.

In over a decade of operating cannabis shops in Washington, Shea Hynes never once worried about his stores getting robbed at gun point – until recently: In a span of three weeks, his stores were robbed three different times at gun point.

Reports of armed robberies at cannabis dispensaries like Hynes’ have nearly doubled in the first quarter of this year compared with all of last year, according to data maintained by the Craft Cannabis Coalition. The group, which represents more than 50 stores in Washington, has recorded more than 65 armed robberies so far this year, compared with 35 in 2021 and 29 in 2020. 

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