Supreme Court Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson Issues First Opinion

Justice Sonia Sotomayor joined Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson’s dissent.
WASHINGTON, DC - OCTOBER 07: United States Supreme Court Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson poses for an official portrait at the East Conference Room of the Supreme Court building on October 7, 2022 in Washington, DC. The Supreme Court has begun a new term after Associate Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson was officially added to the bench in September. (Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images)

At a glance

  • 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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