The registered sex offender who was sentenced to three months in prison by President Joe Biden Supreme Court appointee Justice Ketanji Brown Jackson speaks out and appears to thank the judge for his lenient sentence in his case.
In 2013, Jackson sentenced Wesley Hawkins, then 19, to three months in prison, three months house arrest and six years of supervision after being convicted of possession of child pornography where boys aged 8 to 12 were represented. in sexual acts.
Specifically, Hawkins was found with 17 videos and 16 images of child pornography.
Federal sentencing guidelines called for Hawkins to get eight to 10 years in prison, but prosecutors took into account his lack of criminal history and asked for two years in prison. Hawkins’ defense team asked for a single day in jail and five years of supervision.
After his sentence, in 2019, Hawkins was ordered by Jackson to complete his supervised release in a halfway house, according to the Washington Post, because he had searched for “sexually arousing, non-pornographic material and images of 13-16 year old males” and was very likely to re-offend.
In an interview with the To postHawkins apparently thanked Jackson for the lenient sentence and acknowledged that he received significantly less jail time than many other sex offenders convicted of possession of child pornography:
Perhaps most surprisingly, Hawkins said, is that he found himself feeling sympathy for the judge. he had once been angry that he had sent him to prison. [Emphasis added]
“I wasn’t very happy that she gave me three months, though. on reflection when I was in prison, I heard other people say that it was the first time that they were arrested and received five years, six years. [Emphasis added]
“I feel like she chose to take into consideration the fact that I was just starting [in life] and she knew it was gonna hold me back for years to come, no matter what,” he said, “So she didn’t really want to add anything to that.” [Emphasis added]
In other remarks to To postHawkins apparently confirmed reports that Jackson ordered him to complete his supervised release in a halfway house because he was considered a high risk of recidivism based on his computer searches.
During her confirmation hearing, Jackson was asked if she regretted sentencing Hawkins to just three months in prison. Jackson did not say if she regretted the decision.
“What I regret is that during a hearing on my qualifications to be a Supreme Court judge, we spent a lot of time focusing on this small subset of my sentences and I tried to ‘explain,” Jackson said.
Friday, the senses. Tom Cotton (R-AR), Chuck Grassley (R-IA), Lindsey Graham (R-SC), John Cornyn (R-TX), Mike Lee (R-UT), Ted Cruz (R-TX), Ben Sasse (R-NE), Josh Hawley (R-MO), John Kennedy (R-LA), Thom Tillis (R-NC) and Marsha Blackburn (R-TN) drafted a letter to Jackson, demanding she provide documents and additional information on the Hawkins case.
“Your lenient sentencing in the Hawkins case has been the subject of considerable interest in the Committee’s review of your court record,” the senators wrote. “Our review of your nomination requires that the Committee fully understand the circumstances that informed your actions in this matter.”