Grassley Calls for SCOTUS Nom Jackson's Records Regarding Sentencing In Child Cases

Grassley Calls for SCOTUS Nom Jackson's Records Regarding Sentencing In Child Cases

Sen. Charles Grassley (R-Iowa) became the latest GOP senator to call for more information regarding past judicial rulings by Judge Kentanji Brown Jackson regarding cases involving child-related sex crimes.

Specifically, Grassley wants to see records related to Jackson’s tenure on the U.S. Sentencing Commission ahead of her Supreme Court confirmation hearing scheduled for later this week amid GOP claims that she was lenient with child pornographers, which the White House has called a “debunked” and “desperate” conspiracy theory.

“Judge Jackson’s history of sentencing below guidelines, particularly in cases involving child exploitation, raises legitimate questions about her views on penalties for these crimes,” Grassley, the ranking Republican on the Senate Judiciary Committee, said in a statement on Saturday.

“This is exactly why I asked for her Sentencing Commission records – the same types of records the committee traditionally reviews when vetting a Supreme Court nominee,” he said.

He went on to say that the records are being withheld by the commission but a full review can’t be conducted without them.

“Unfortunately, somebody somewhere doesn’t want us to see that information. How can this be a thorough review if this information is withheld?” Grassley said. “And why aren’t Democrats interested in allowing the committee to have this information to conduct a thorough review?”

Fox News notes further:

Grassley’s call comes after Sen. Josh Hawley, R-Mo., this week used a lengthy Twitter thread to accuse Jackson, who President Biden nominated to fill the seat of outgoing Justice Stephen Breyer, of “a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker.” 

Hawley laid out evidence for what he said was a consistent theme of Jackson both calling for more lenient treatment of some sex offenders and deviating from federal sentencing guidelines in favor of child sex offenders.

“I’ve been researching the record of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson, reading her opinions, articles, interviews & speeches. I’ve noticed an alarming pattern when it comes to Judge Jackson’s treatment of sex offenders, especially those preying on children,” he wrote on Twitter.

He added: “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.”

“As far back as her time in law school, Judge Jackson has questioned making convicts register as sex offenders – saying it leads to ‘stigmatization and ostracism.’ She’s suggested public policy is driven by a ‘climate of fear, hatred & revenge’ against sex offenders,” Hawley noted further in a post that included a screengrab of her written remarks.

“Judge Jackson has also questioned sending dangerous sex offenders to civil commitment. We have a civil commitment law in Missouri, and it protects children,” he continued.

“It gets worse,” Hawley’s thread continued. “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.”

“Judge Jackson has said that some people who possess child porn ‘are in this for either the collection, or the people who are loners and find status in their participation in the community.’ What community would that be? The community of child exploiters?” he noted.

“Judge Jackson has opined there may be a type of ‘less-serious child pornography offender’ whose motivation is not sexual but ‘is the challenge, or to use the technology.’ A ‘less-serious’ child porn offender?”


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