President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson has an “alarming pattern” dealing with child sex predators, according to Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO).
The Republican senator made the comments Wednesday night after researching her record by reading opinions, articles, interviews and speeches Jackson has given.
“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,” Hawley said in a lengthy Twitter thread. “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.”
Jackson, while in law school, quested if convicts should have to register as sex offenders, which she claimed leads to “stigmatization and ostracism.” In her opinion, public policy is driven by a “climate of fear, hatred and revenge” against sex offenders.
The Missouri politician also points out that Jackson “questioned sending dangerous sex offenders to civil commitment,” which protects children.
“It gets worse,” he added. “As a member of the U.S. Sentencing Commission, Judge Jackson advocated for drastic change in how the law treats sex offenders by eliminating the existing mandatory minimum sentences for child porn.”
She argues some people who have child porn “are in this for either the collection, or the people who are loners and find status in their participation in the community.” Hawley asks, “What community would that be? The community of child exploiters?”
Jackson wondered if there was a “less-serious child pornography offender” who is motivated, not by the sexual nature of it, but for the “challenge” or “technology.”
When Jackson was on the U.S. Sentencing Commission, she said she “mistakingly assumed that child pornography offenders are pedophiles” and wanted “to understand this category of nonpedophiles who obtain child pornography.”
Even more disturbing is the action she took on the federal bench.
“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,” Hawley said, before pointing to specific cases.
In United States v. Cooper, in which the criminal had more than 600 images and videos and posted many on a public blog, the Guidelines called for a sentence of 151-188 months. Judge Jackson settled on 60 months, the lowest possible sentence allowed by law.— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022
In United States v. Downs, the perp posted multiple images to an anonymous instant messaging app, including an image of a child under the age of 5. The Guidelines recommended 70-87 months. Judge Jackson gave him the lowest sentence allowed by law, 60 months— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022
In United States v. Savage, the sex offender was convicted of travel with intent to engage in illicit sexual conduct, and also admitted to transporting child porn. The Guidelines recommended 46-57 months. Judge Jackson gave him 37.— Josh Hawley (@HawleyMO) March 16, 2022
Hawley concluded, “This is a disturbing record for any judge, but especially one nominated to the highest court in the land. Protecting the most vulnerable shouldn’t be up for debate. Sending child predators to jail shouldn’t be controversial.”