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SCOTUS Nominee: Reduced Sentencing for Child Predators

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On day two of the Supreme Court confirmation hearings, Ketanji Brown Jackson had her judicial record called into question due to her history of leniency toward the possession and distribution of child pornography.

Republican Senator Josh Hawley made an accusation that Biden’s nominee is too "soft" on child pornography cases. Hawley presented seven cases from Jackson’s time as a federal District Court judge that demonstrates her lenient pattern of sentencing.

"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 mentioned Thursday.

Senator Hawley said he “noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children.”

Hawley continued by pointing out Jackson's “pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes"

These are the seven cases Senator Hawley noted:

  1. United States v. Hawkins: In this case, Jackson sentenced the defendant to three months for distribution and possession of child pornography.
  2. United States v. Chazin: Jackson sentenced the defendant, who possessed 48 files of child pornography, to 28 months in prison.
  3. United States v. Cooper: Jackson sentenced the defendant, who distributed dozens of files of child pornography, 60 months in prison.
  4. United States v. Downs: Jackson sentenced the defendant, who 33 "graphics images and videos" of child sexual assault, to 60 months in prison.
  5. United States v. Stewart: Jackson sentenced the defendant to 57 months in prison
  6. United States v. Sears: Jackson sentences the defendant to 71 months in prison
  7. United States v. Savage: Jackson sentenced a defendant who had six thumb drives of child pornography to 37 months in prison.

During her legal career, Jackson has argued against mandatory minimum sentences for receiving and distributing underage pornagraphic material. 

Jackson’s argument is that because child pornography is now more easily obtainable online, there should be less severe punishment. Her argument on this matter does not make logical sense to any reasonably minded critics.

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In addition to her soft sentencing record, in 1996 Jackson wrote an essay for the Harvard Law Review, which argued that putting sex offenders on a registry list is unconstitutional and an unfair punishment. 

Sex offender registry lists like “Megan’s Law” allow parents, community members, and law enforcement officers to be aware of potential sexual predation in their area, and to help keep sexual deviants away from schools and children’s play areas. Jackson thinks this punishment is too harsh, and thinks it is unfair toward child predators.

Her view was roundly rejected by the courts at the time, but if she succeeds with her nomination hearings, Jackson could have a hand in altering U.S. laws and sentencing guidelines.

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While sexual crimes against children are happening now more frequently than ever, Biden's Supreme Court nominee, Ketanji Brown Jackson, thinks we should change the laws to give child predators softer punishments.

Jackson has more compassion for convicted sexual perverts than she does for our children. Is that someone who you want on the Supreme Court? Joe Biden sure does. 


Last updated: March 25th, 2022 at 09:03 am