Jackson, in dissent, issues the Supreme Court’s first opinion

WASHINGTON (AP) – New Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson issued her first Supreme Court opinion, a brief dissent Monday in favor of an Ohio death row inmate.

Jackson wrote that she would throw out the lower court’s rulings in the case of inmate Davel Chinn, whose lawyers argued the state withheld evidence that could have changed the outcome of his trial.

Jackson, in a two-page opinion, wrote that she would order a new look at Chinn’s case “because his life is in danger and given the high likelihood that the withheld records would change the outcome of the trial.”

Justice Sonia Sotomayor was the only other member of the court to join Jackson’s opinion. The two justices also dissented Monday in Sotomayor’s opinion that there was serious prosecutorial misconduct in the trial of a Louisiana man convicted of sex trafficking.

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