Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) insisted that distributors and consumers of child pornography on the internet must be put behind bars. He also denounced Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson for her lenient approach toward pedophiles.
During the second day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing on March 23, Graham expressed agreement over the idea of lengthy sentences for those distributing child pornography.
“The guideline says we’re [going to] treat a person that distributed 1,000 [pictures] a lot worse, because that shows that this person is really engaged in this really horrible behavior. In comes the internet: on the internet with one click, you can receive [and] distribute tens of thousands [of pictures]. You can be doing this for 15 minutes – and all of a sudden, you are looking at 30, 40, 50 years in prison,” argued the SCOTUS nominee.
The senator interrupted her at this point, saying: “Good, absolutely good. I hope you go to jail for 50 years if you’re on the internet trolling for images of children in sexual exploitation. See, you don’t think that’s a bad thing. I think that’s a horrible thing.”
Graham argued for the necessity of prison terms as deterrents for distribution of child porn, explaining that “the best way to deter people from getting on a computer and viewing thousands … of children being exploited and abused is to put [them] in jail, not supervise their computer usage.” He continued: “If you’re on a computer right now looking at a kid in a sexually compromising situation and you get caught, I hope nobody gives you a break you used the computer.”
Despite the Republican lawmaker’s explanations, Jackson continued to insist on handing out softer punishments for internet predators. The Supreme Court nominee cited outdated statutes for her leniency when it comes to child sexual crimes. The lawmaker responded that he disagreed with Jackson’s approach to deter child pornography by monitoring computer usage, arguing that she instead makes it easier for other children to be exploited.
Graham cited one instance where the Supreme Court nominee gave a lighter sentence to a 32-year-old man who shared compromising pictures of his own 10-year-old daughter. Rachel Bovard of the Federalist elaborated on this instance in a tweet and seconded the GOP senator’s call. (Related: LA transgender woman caught bragging about escaping prison time for molesting 10-yr-old girl.)
“Graham is correct. In a case where a man distributed 102 child porn videos and sent lewd pictures of his own 10-year-old daughter, the guidelines recommended 97 to 121 months in prison. Jackson sentenced him to 71 months,” wrote Bovard.
The South Carolina senator is not the only GOP lawmaker who has been vocal about Jackson’s leniency toward pedophilia. Graham’s colleague Sen. Josh Hawley (R-MO) pointed out “an alarming pattern” of how Jackson approaches child predators in a Twitter thread.
“Jackson has a pattern of letting child porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, both as a judge and as a policymaker. She’s been advocating for it since law school. This goes beyond ‘soft on crime.’ I’m concerned that this is a record that endangers our children.”
Hawley referenced a document from Jackson’s time as a law student that questioned making convicts register as sex offenders. She argued that this led to “stigmatization and ostracism,” adding that public policy is driven by a “climate of fear, hatred and revenge” against sex offenders.
The Missouri senator added that the Supreme Court nominee “deviated from the federal sentencing guidelines in favor of child porn offenders,” citing seven particular cases where she handed out lenient sentences to them.
“This is a disturbing record for any judge, but especially one nominated to the highest court in the land. Protecting the most vulnerable shouldn’t be up for debate. Sending child predators to jail shouldn’t be controversial.”
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