Just like the Walt Disney Company and Joe Biden himself, Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson appears not to have much of a problem with the concept of young children as sexual playthings for adults.
Viewed in light of progressive support for abortion, it seems the left is OK with murdering the young whenever it’s convenient, and prostituting them when it is not.
Recently revealed transcripts show that Jackson handed down lenient sentences for child pornography during her tenure as a U.S. district judge, and that she ignored prosecutors’ sentencing recommendations even when the offenses involved images of infants and toddlers. The documents, reported on by the New York Post on April 2, even reveal Jackson apologizing to a child-porn defendant for handing down prison time.
The transcripts were from eight child porn cases that Jackson oversaw as a D.C. district judge between 2013 and 2021. Senate Republicans used them in recent hearings to paint the nominee as soft on sex offenders. Democrats have remained conspicuously silent, except to accuse the GOP of picking and choosing cases to paint Biden’s nominee as sympathetic to pedophiles.
Among the eight cases in question was that of an 18-year-old man busted for posting videos to YouTube of boys as young as 11 being raped by adult men. Jackson sentenced that man, Wesley Hawkins, to just three months in prison, as opposed to the 24 months recommended by prosecutors.
“I am not persuaded that two years in prison is necessary,” she said at the time, according to the transcripts, and spoke of the man as having “future potential.”
Then, in an apology to Hawkins, Jackson said, “This is a truly difficult situation. I appreciate that your family is in the audience. I feel so sorry for them and for you and for the anguish that this has caused all of you.”
At the hearings, Jackson stated her belief that sentencing guidelines in child pornography cases are outdated because they pre-date the internet, when offenders would have to receive images of child sexual abuse via “snail mail.” Jackson said the sentencing guidelines are “not doing the work of differentiating who is a more serious offender in the way that [they] used to.”
In another case, Jackson in 2020 gave a reduced sentence to Christopher Michael Downs after he was convicted of distributing images and videos of infants being sexually abused, and boasting of molesting his 13-year-old cousin.