(TheRedWire.com) – In late January 2022, US Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced his retirement at the end of June or July, when the current court term ends. In February, President Joe Biden nominated DC Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson to replace Justice Breyer. On March 21 through 23, the Senate Judiciary Committee held confirmation hearings with the judge. Republicans repeatedly asked the judge why she gave criminals convicted of child pornography a lighter sentence than recommended by either federal sentencing guidelines or prosecutor requests.
On numerous occasions, liberal Senators and the media suggested the questioning was racially motivated. Now, it appears the questions might have been appropriate. During the hearing, Republicans asked Jackson if she regretted sentencing Wesley Hawkins to only three months in prison for child pornography. She indicated she did not regret the lighter sentencing. Neither, apparently, did the man convicted of child pornography at the center of the case.
Of course you had to know the judge cut a black pedophile a break.😳https://t.co/qyu4XkzxAB
— Daniel F. Baranowski (@DFBHarvard) March 26, 2022
In an interview with the Washington Post, Hawkins said he was upset about the sentence at first. However, that frustration didn’t last long. His anger turned to gratitude when Hawkins said he talked to others in prison sentenced for child pornography who received five or six years, or longer, in prison.
Federal sentencing guidelines call for first-time child pornography offenders to receive eight to ten years in prison.
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