There's a reason Ketanji Brown Jackson is the 1st public defender appointed to SCOTUS

Ketanji Brown Jackson.
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The thing that makes Ketanji Brown Jackson such an excellent nominee to the Supreme Court is also the thing that makes her ripe for attacks from Republicans: She once served as a public defender — the very first one ever appointed to the court.

She was effective. Earlier this month, The Washington Post reviewed her record and concluded that as a defense attorney, "she won uncommon victories against the government that shortened or erased lengthy prison terms." Among her clients: Khi Ali Ghul, a detainee at Guantánamo Bay, Cuba.

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