(TheRedWire.com) – On Tuesday, March 22, the confirmation process for Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson got underway. The Senate Judiciary Committee hearing was tense at times, especially as Republicans questioned Jackson about her lenient sentencing for those convicted of child pornography. Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) questioned the Supreme Court nominee about why her sentencing standards were 14% to 64% less than prosecutors asked her to give someone convicted of child pornography. While that was a poignant moment, it wasn’t the most extreme example of the judge’s potential liability on the issue.
Sen. Cruz read a lengthy statement from Jackson while she served as Vice-Chair of the Sentencing Commission. Prefacing it, he said reading her statement was necessary because the White House claimed Republicans were taking it out of context. So, putting it in full context, Jackson argued some people convicted of child pornography didn’t have pedophilia as a motive for their crime. Instead, Jackson said technology might have motivated them, and some were technologically sophisticated.
After reading the full quote, the Texas Senator asked whether the Supreme Court nominee agreed with her previous position that some people involved in child pornography are not pedophiles or don’t get satisfaction from it. Jackson replied she wasn’t taking a position at the time but instead was asking a question. In each sentencing case, the judge added she told those convicted of pedophilia they caused victims harm.
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