Jury trials involve being judged by a group of your peers. People who can relate to your situation.
Why is it that many of the courts are packed with rich, White Christians who are a tiny percentage of the America population? How do they get to impose their religious beliefs on the rest of America? Ban abortions? Pass laws that ban Muslims from entering the country? Pass voter suppression laws that give more power to super rich?
President Biden is making the American judiciary more reflective of all Americans, not just a privileged few. He has just confirmed 150 judges to the courts. 100 of them are women. Others have different faiths. Some are LGBTQ. Others have fought overseas to defend America before becoming judges. Balancing the bench is important, and something to celebrate!
Click on this map to see where these 150 amazing judges will serve and their court districts.
Integrity and impartiality on the bench
“150 judges who have brought integrity and impartiality to the bench. Expanded the diversity and dynamism of our courts. 150 judges who are restoring Americans’ trust in the federal judiciary.” – Senator Schumer
Ketanji Brown Jackson
“It has taken 232 years and 115 prior appointments for a Black woman to be selected to serve on the Supreme Court of the United States. But we’ve made it. We’ve made it — all of us. All of us. And our children are telling me that they see now more than ever that here in America, anything is possible.” said Ketanji Jackson Brown – ABC
Zahid Quarishi, a son of Pakistani immigrants been confirmed as the first Muslim American federal judge in U.S. history. He is a graduate of Rutgers Law School , was in an active law practice but gave that up to join the Army after the 9/11 attacks. He served two tours in Iraq in support of Operation Iraqi Freedom in 2004 and 2006.
Gina Méndez-Miró is the 100th confirmation and joined the U.S. District Court for the District of Puerto Rico. She is the first openly LGBTQ judge on the court.
Ana de Alba, a California native who was born in Merced, was confirmed to the San Francisco-based 9th U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals. She is a first-generation Mexican American who worked in the fields with her farmworker parents. Latina judge, daughter of Mexican farmworkers, elevated to largest appellate court- LA Times
Restoring Americans’ trust in the federal judiciary
“Our 150th judge confirmed under President Biden. That’s really a great record: 150 judges who have brought integrity and impartiality to the bench, 150 judges who’ve expanded the diversity and dynamism of our courts, 150 judges who are restoring Americans’ trust in the federal judiciary.”
Schumer added that Kobick, is “our 100th female judge” the Senate has confirmed in the Biden era. “We’re making the bench look more like America. It never did. And we’re making giant strides, more than any other Senate has, to get that done.” – NBC
TakeAway: Vote for Democrats to appoint impartial judges that reflect America.
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