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'Instant no vote': SCOTUS nominee's written answer to Sen. Cruz's natural rights question catches lots of attention

The Senate Judiciary Committee hearings for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson have concluded and it’s looking like the votes will be there for a final confirmation, but senators’ questions are still being answered in written form.


Here’s one of Judge Jackson’s written answers to a question from Republican Sen. Ted Cruz, and it’s about natural rights:

“I do not hold a position on whether individuals possess natural rights.”

That’s certainly going to catch the attention of Sen. Cruz and many others.


Have we gone from “I’m not a biologist” to “I’m not a constitutional exp… oh wait” already?

Here’s the text that includes a related question:

16. Do you hold a position on whether individuals possess natural rights, yes or no?

RESPONSE: I do not hold a position on whether individuals possess natural rights.
a. If yes, what is your position?

RESPONSE: Please see my response to Question 16.

17. Please articulate your understanding of the distinction between natural law and positive law, and state whether you consider each to be relevant to the U.S. Constitution, the Bill of Rights, congressional power, or federal law?

RESPONSE: I understand natural law to refer to principles derived from nature that govern human conduct. I understand positive law to refer to enacted legal texts, such as the Constitution, federal statutes, and treaties. I interpret federal law according to the methods of interpretation employed by the Supreme Court, including by resolving cases or controversies based on the text at issue, any pertinent history, and any applicable precedent.




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