Ketanji Brown Jackson Won’t Say if the U.S. Should Strengthen Child Pornographers’ Punishments


    “Should the United States strengthen or weaken sentences for child pornographers?” Senator Tom Cotton (R.AR) asked, to which Jackson replied, “Senator, that is not a simple question, and the reason is because what this country does in terms of penalties is in Congress's province.

    “You all decide. You decide what the penalties are,” Jackson continued. “You decide what the factors are that judges use to sentence. If you determine that any set of penalties is insufficient, then it is in your purview to make that determination.

    “There are many crimes that Congress has determined warrant mandatory minimum penalties, warrant other kinds of penalties, and that is in your purview to determine,” the judge concluded.

    Senator Cotton reacted by stating, “I have to say, Judge, I think whether or not we should strengthen or weaken sentences for child pornographers is a pretty simple question, but I'll move on.”

    On Monday, Senator Josh Hawley (R.MO) questioned Judge Jackson's credentials ahead of her confirmation hearing before the U.S. Supreme Court during an interview with the Fox News Channel’s Fox & Friends.

    Hawley, pointing out Jackson's tenure on the bench, suggested that she was “lenient” on child sexual predators and “soft on crime.” He said that the Senate Judiciary Committee needed to be sure Jackson would be determined to protect the nation's children from sexual predators.

    Tuesday was the second day of Jackson's Supreme Court confirmation hearing, during which she chose not to join fellow liberals, former Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg and retiring Justice Stephen Breyer, in opposing court-packing. She said she didn't want to speak about that issue because she was determined to remain within her “lane.”


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