Lawyers urge Senator Susan Collins to ‘thoroughly’ review Judge Jackson’s ‘deeply troubling’ views on crime


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EXCLUSIVE: A coalition of conservative lawyers sent a letter to GOP Sen. Susan Collins of Maine urging her to vote against confirming Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson as Supreme Court Justice.

The letter obtained by Fox News Digital raises concerns about Judge Jackson’s sentencing of child pornography offenders and her “zealous” work to defend Guantanamo Bay detainees.

Senator Susan Collins, R-Maine.
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“Judge Jackson should not sit on the Supreme Court,” the letter said. “We urge you to reject his nomination because his views on crime and terrorism are deeply troubling and outside the mainstream of judicial philosophy and legal guidelines.”

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Jackson defended his work as a public defender and his sentences as a federal trial judge, while Democrats called the “soft on crime” attacks unfair and inaccurate ⁠ – especially since ‘She has the endorsement of police groups, including the Fraternal Order of Police.

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 23, 2022.

Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson testifies during her Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing on Capitol Hill in Washington, Wednesday, March 23, 2022.
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Collins was one of three GOP senators who previously voted to confirm Jackson last year on the United States Court of Appeals for the District of Columbia Circuit. The other two were GOP Sens. Lindsey Graham from South Carolina and Lisa Murkowski from Alaska.

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Collins said she carefully reviewed the Senate Judiciary Committee hearings and related documents and would make a final decision after that.

Collins told Fox News Digital on Monday that she was concerned about how Jackson’s legal philosophy was defined during a meeting between the two men earlier this month. On Wednesday, she said there had been progress in the first two days of Senate Judiciary Committee hearings, but she still had a few questions.

Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson greets Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J.

Supreme Court nominee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson greets Sen. Cory Booker, DN.J.
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“It was more defined than when he met me, but I still haven’t seen all of the hearings, and obviously there were a lot of — there are a lot of issues,” Collins said.

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The letter was signed by 13 people: Terry Schilling; president of the American Principles Project; Jon Schweppe, director of policy and government affairs at the American Principles Project; Aiden Buzzetti, president of Bull Moose Project; Ziven Havens, Managing Director of Bull Moose Project; L. Brent Bozell III, president of ForAmerica; Christian Robey, vice president of external affairs at the Media Research Center; Kristan Hawkins, president of Students for Life of America & Students for Life Action; Jessie Jane Duff, retired U.S. Marine Corps Gunnery Sergeant and Ambassador to America First Policy Institute; Alex Bruesewitz, CEO of X Strategies; Brigitte Gabriel, Founder and President of ACT for America; Jack Posobiec, editor at Human Events; Gavin Wax, president of the New York Young Republican Club and Josh Hammer, opinion writer at Newsweek.

Fox News’ Kelly Laco and Tyler Olson contributed to this report.


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