Hawley ‘not trying to play gotcha’ on Jackson’s past treatment of sex offenders

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Senator Josh Hawley on Monday reiterated his allegations regarding the “lenient” sentencing of Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson in several cases related to child pornography, but clarified that he was not “interested in trying to play gotcha”.

Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, posted a wire on Twitter Wednesday describing 10 cases in which Jackson sentenced offenders “almost consistently below government recommendations.” The Missouri senator’s remarks drew backlash from legal analysts and White House officials, with the latter group accusing her of quoting “carefully selected material from her case out of context.”

During Jackson’s first-day opening statements before the Senate Judiciary Committee on Monday, Hawley emphasized, “I’m not interested in trapping Judge Jackson.”

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“I’m interested in her response because I found during our time together that she was extremely thoughtful, enormously accomplished, and I suspect she has a coherent vision and explanation and way of thinking about it that I can’t wait to hear and I think she deserves the chance to talk about it,” Hawley said.

One example Hawley referred to of Jackson’s “role model” toward sex offenders was in the case United States vs. Hawkinswhich involved a defendant who possessed “several images of child pornography”.

“He was over 18,” Hawley wrote. “The sentencing guidelines called for a sentence of up to 10 years. Judge Jackson sentenced the author to just 3 months in prison. Three months.”

Hawley also claimed Wednesday that Jackson, who served as a commissioner on the US Sentencing Commission from 2010 to 2014 before his career as a federal judge, “advocated for a dramatic change in the way the law treats sex offenders by eliminating minimum sentences. existing compulsory rules for children”. porn.”

“That’s what I mean,” Hawley added on Monday. “I think it’s hard in this context to argue that the sentencing guidelines are too harsh or outdated, or that we should somehow treat child porn offenders more leniently than the guidelines do. recommend it, but I want to be clear about that.”

In Response to Hawley, Ben LaBolt, White House Supreme Court Nominating Counsel tweeted“NO mainstream media found Senator Hawley’s specious attack on Judge Jackson to be true – AND he voted for judges who handed down sentences similar to Judge Jackson’s,” linked to an article by ‘ABC News describing Jackson’s sentencing of offenders as ‘pretty common’. “

Andrew C. McCarthy, former Assistant United States Attorney for the Southern District of New York, wrote an op-ed in National exam decrying Hawley’s allegations as a “dishonest attack”.

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McCarthy further argued that there are “a wide variety of federal offenses lumped together under the label ‘sex crimes,'” arguing that Hawley’s characterization of Jackson’s “treatment of sex offenders” was “a misleading assertion and wide, and Hawley is too smart not to.” know that.”

“I would oppose Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson because of her judicial philosophy,” said McCarthy, a Republican who repeated what many GOP lawmakers have said is their main focus in vetting Jackson’s nomination for the High. Court.

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