(TheRedWire.com) – In January, Supreme Court Justice Stephen Breyer announced he would retire from the nation’s highest court at the end of the court’s term in late June or early July. In February, President Joe Biden nominated DC Appeals Court Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson. From the beginning of the process, it was controversial after the president said he would only consider a black woman for the upcoming vacant seat on the Supreme Court. Now, Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) said there are much deeper concerns about Biden’s pick.
On Monday, March 21, the Senate confirmation hearings began. Sen. Hawley asked the judge about previous rulings she made regarding sex offenders. On Sean Hannity’s Fox News show, Hawley said he discovered Jackson has a pattern of lenient sentences for sex offenders, especially those involving a child. Hawley told Hannity senators face a very simple question: Will they confirm a judge who will protect children or one who protects predators?
If true, she cannot be confirmed. Our streets need to be safe from pedophiles and sex offenders. The Left has never come down hard on both because they make up a good portion of their party.https://t.co/0BG1EB6c4Z
— Robert Cornicelli for NY CD2 (@cornicelli4ny) March 21, 2022
Hawley added Judge Jackson recently questioned if sex offender registries or notifying parents when there is a sex offender in the area are unconstitutional. On Tuesday morning, Jackson addressed the committee during the confirmation hearing. As a mother who decides on such cases, she said Hawley’s assertions couldn’t be further from the truth. In determining punishment, Jackson said she doesn’t look at the sentencing guidelines, but the law and what it says she can and can not impose for a sentence. Hawley’s office immediately countered with a tweet saying Jackson imposes sentences below the government’s recommendations without exceptions.
Stay tuned. There is bound to be more back and forth between Conservatives and Judge Jackson in the days ahead.
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