Hawley’s Ketanji Brown Jackson Child Porn Attack ‘Meritless’: Ex-Attorney


Conservative columnist and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy called Senator Josh Hawley’s child pornography attack on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “baseless”.

Hawley, a Republican from Missouri, accused Jackson, who was nominated to the Supreme Court by President Joe Biden, of having “a pattern of letting juvenile porn offenders off the hook for their appalling crimes, at the both as a judge and as a policy maker” in a Twitter thread last week.

He pointed out that Jackson questions the sex offender registry and supports an end to mandatory minimum sentences for people who receive or distribute child pornography as proof that she is “lenient” with child pornography laws – a claim that many have called misleading.

McCarthy, a Republican who previously served as an assistant U.S. attorney for the Southern District of New York, dismissed the criticism as “baseless to the point of demagoguery” in a column for the conservative publication National exam March 20th.

McCarthy defended Jackson’s view on the issue of mandatory minimum sentences for first-time offenders charged with possession of child pornography as “commonplace” and “correct in my view”.

He explained that many others in the justice system, including conservatives, also consider the mandatory minimum laws enacted by Congress for these offenders to be too harsh.

“It’s not sweet on porn to call for sensible line drawing. Many hard-nosed prosecutors and Republican-appointed judges have long thought this mandatory minimum is too draconian,” McCarthy wrote.

He went on to explain that he would always oppose Judge Jackson’s nomination on philosophical grounds – adding that she ‘may in fact be too concerned with criminals’ – but dismissed Hawley’s criticism as ‘defamation’ .

“The implication that she has a soft spot for ‘sex offenders’ who ‘prey on children’ because she opposed a harsh mandatory minimum prison sentence for receiving and distributing pornographic images is defamation,” he wrote.

Ahead of Jackson’s confirmation hearings that began Monday, other Republicans have also sought to accuse him of being “soft on crime,” an argument they are likely to make in the hearings.

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell, for example, has expressed concern that she has a “special empathy for convicted felons” but has yet to decide how he will vote.

But Democrats came to his defense, with Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin dismissing Hawley as “inaccurate and unfair in his analysis.”

Supporters point out that his experiences as a public defender and at the United States Sentencing Commission could bring a new perspective to the Supreme Court.

If confirmed, Jackson would become the first black woman to serve on the highest court. She needs no Republican support, as long as every Democratic senator votes for her due to the even split of the Senate, with Vice President Kamala Harris being the deciding vote.

Newsweek contacted Hawley’s office for comment on Monday afternoon, but did not hear back in time for publication.

Conservative columnist and former federal prosecutor Andrew McCarthy called Senator Josh Hawley’s child pornography attack on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson “baseless”. Jackson is seen during her confirmation hearing on Monday.
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