I don’t find your testimony “credible”.


Sen. Tom Cotton (R-AR) told Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson, President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, that he did not find her testimony “credible” after the judge claimed she did not didn’t remember a child pornographer she had given a light sentence.

“Do you know what I think?” said Cotton. “I think he was caught again for child pornography and he wouldn’t have been had he been in prison for the eight to ten years that the guidelines were for in 2013 when you sentenced him for the first time.”

On Wednesday, during the third day of Jackson’s confirmation hearing, Cotton mentioned a case involving child pornographer Wesley Hawkins, who the senator said “was convicted of a child pornography offense in 2013.” .

“The sentencing guidelines for this offense called for a sentence of 97 to 121 months, or eight to ten years,” Cotton explained. “The prosecutors asked for 24 months; you sentenced him to three months.

“We’ve heard a lot about this case and your three-month sentencing of Wesley Hawkins,” the senator continued. “But you had another crack at him in 2019, judge. In 2019, you returned Wesley Hawkins to confinement with the Bureau of Prisons for six months, with additional restrictions on his computer use.

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-R) arrives for the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for U.S. Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson at the Hart Senate Office Building on Capitol Hill on March 21, 2022, in Washington, DC. (Photo by Drew Angerer/Getty Images)

“That’s twice the time you sentenced him to in 2013. What did Wesley Hawkins do in 2019, Judge?” Cotton asked, to which Jackson said, “Oh, I don’t remember, senator. I have many defendants whom I have convicted.

Cotton went on to note that Jackson had “been questioned multiple times over the past two days about the Hawkins case.”

“It made headlines – for days,” he said. “This new conviction happened in 2019, and now you say you have no memory of it. Let me see if I can jog your memory.

The senator then pulled out a large sign showing the order signed by Jackson on April 17, 2019, adding, “There’s your signature over there, judge. You really don’t remember?

Jackson maintained that she did not remember, saying, “Senator, this is a very, very common thing that judges do.”

“I understand you’ve done a lot, Judge, but none of them have been the centerpiece of your hearing over the past two days,” Cotton said.

“Do you really expect this committee to believe that you don’t remember what happened in that Hawkins case?” he added, to which Jackson laughed, “Yes, senator, I expect you to believe it; this is my testimony.

“Well, I don’t find that believable, Judge,” the senator asserted. “This has been in the news for days – you’ve been asked about this probably more than any other case you’ve ever had, and I just don’t find it believable that you weren’t prepared for this case in 2019.”

“Do you know what I think?” he added. “I think he was caught again for child pornography and he wouldn’t have been had he been in prison for the eight to ten years that the guidelines were for in 2013 when you sentenced him for the first time.”

On Tuesday, during the second day of her confirmation hearing, Jackson did not answer the senator’s question about whether she thinks the United States should toughen “sentences for child pornographers.”

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