Joe Biden’s nominee to the Supreme Court, Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson, has been widely condemned by Americans for going easy on convicted sex offenders who are guilty of obtaining child pornography.
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“In every single child porn case for which we can find records, Judge Jackson deviated from the federal sentencing guidelines in favor of child porn offenders,” Senator Josh Hawley of Missouri has argued. Jackson reportedly considers some offenders merely “nonpedophiles” who obtain child pornography, and thus receive lighter sentences in her view.
The White House is accuse of conducting a cover-up to hide this disturbing detail about Jackson’s record, according to Fox News.
Documents given to the Judiciary Committee conveniently left out facts about a grisly child porn case in which Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson departed significantly below the probation office recommendation.
Did the White House do this intentionally? Republicans claim it’s a shameless cover-up.
Judge Jackson handed down the sentence less than one year ago. In the case, a convicted felon had obtained over 6,500 images depicting children of elementary, middle and high school ages, who were engaged in sexual acts or posing sexually.
The probation office recommended a sentence of 84 months. Jackson only sentenced the man to 60 months in prison, which was the mandatory minimum.
“This is a disturbing record for any judge, but especially one nominated to the highest court in the land,” Hawley noted in his thread of examples. “Protecting the most vulnerable shouldn’t be up for debate. Sending child predators to jail shouldn’t be controversial.”
“Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes,” Hawley continued. Jackson is accused of advocating for this practice since law school.
Hawley put together a disturbing list of examples. He argues that this shows she “goes beyond ‘soft on crime’” and shows “a record that endangers our children.”
During the 2020 campaign trail, Joe Biden promised to pick the first Black woman for the nation’s highest court because everything is about race for Democrats.
In an act of racial discrimination, Biden kept his promise and is nominating Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson to the Supreme Court. “Democrats today believe in racial discrimination,” Republican Senator Ted Cruz responded to the nomination.
Now Jackson’s judicial record is facing increasing scrutiny as confirmation hearings draw closer. Hawley says that he “noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children.” Take a look:
Judge Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker. She’s been advocating for it since law school. This goes beyond “soft on crime.” I’m concerned that this a record that endangers our children
— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022
“Not only does this case, which Judge Jackson left off her list of child abuse cases, undercut her argument that she followed the probation office’s recommended sentences, but it also underscores the perils of moving too quickly in the vetting process,” a Republican Judiciary Committee aide told Fox News.
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The White House said the Cane case was unintentionally left off a list given to the committee which compared Jackson’s sentences to the probation office recommendations in 14 child abuse cases because it happened so close to the end of Jackson’s tenure on the D.C. District Court. It also defended her handling of the case, arguing it actually undercut Republicans’ argument on whether Jackson followed prosecutor recommendations.
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“This case, in which Judge Jackson sentenced the defendant to the term of imprisonment recommended by the government, proves to an even greater extent that in the large majority of her decisions involving child sex crimes, the sentences Judge Jackson imposed were either consistent with or above what the government or the U.S. Probation Office recommended,” White House deputy press secretary Andrew Bates said.
“The Cane case further undermines smears that a small number of Republican Senators have made – and which moderates members in both parties have rejected,” Bates continued. “Fact checkers at multiple mainstream outlets have highlighted that the specific Senators who made these attacks have voted for Trump-nominated judges who sentenced defendants for the same crimes in the same way, both in terms of giving sentences below guidelines that are widely considered to be out of date across the judiciary and below timelines sought by the prosecution.”
The White House said Jackson’s sentence in the Cane case was consistent with the 60-month sentence it says prosecutors asked for. To support this, it pointed to a passage in the sentencing transcript in which Jackson said, “the need to avoid unwarranted sentencing disparities supports the imposition of a similar sentence in this case [compared to other child porn sentences Jackson issued], which is what both defense counsel and the government have recommended.”