The temperature of the confirmation hearings was raised dramatically with a barrage of questions from Senator Lindsey Graham, culminating in his repeated interruptions. Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson tries to explain her legal approach.
Jackson’s comment, which sets out why she considers certain sentence guidelines outdated for child pornography cases, was prompted by Graham, a Republican from South Carolina, in a particularly hot sayings.
“On the net, just one click, you can get, you can broadcast tens of thousands. You can do this in 15 minutes, and suddenly, you’re looking at 30, 40, 50 years in prison,” Jackson said.
“Good good!” Graham shouted as she tried to go on to explain why many judges consider that approach problematic.
“I hope you go to jail for 50 years. If you are searching for images of children and sexual exploitation on the internet. So – so you don’t think it’s a bad thing, I think it’s a horrible thing,” said Graham, before President Dick Durbin stepped in.
“That’s not what the witness said and she should be allowed to answer this question once and for all, senator,” Durbin said.
Graham stormed out of the hearing room at the end of the back-and-forth and declined to comment to CNN on the challenging talk.
Senator Patrick Leahy, a Vermont Democrat and peer committee member, told reporters it was “too pale” for Graham to question her.
“I have been on this committee for almost 50 years. One of the things that senators on both sides of the aisle tend to the least of is trying to follow the rules,” Leahy said. “Lindsey Graham went twice the time allotted to him. He wouldn’t let her answer, he kept interrupting her, and I couldn’t help thinking, ‘Is this for this hearing or for a political campaign.’
Even before Graham moved his question to the subject of child abuse image violations, Democrats were scathing at his refusal to let Jackson complete his answer.
During a discussion of her trial court’s ruling – which was later overturned by a DC appeals court – in a case related to the Trump administration’s immigration policies, Graham accused her of being active Justice.
“This is an example to me, and you may disagree, when the simple language of the statute has been completely erased by you,” Graham said. When Jackson tried to explain her reasoning for that decision, Graham repeatedly interrupted her, telling her the legal argument in the “deaf ears” case and that “I have other things I want to talk about.”
Others include Justice Brett Kavanaugh’s confirmation procedure, which Republicans raised several times during Jackson’s hearing to complain about the way Democrats treated him.
Jackson did not follow a Graham theory alluding to how the accusations against Kavanaugh were subsequently made. Even when Durbin indicated that his time was up and that she had nothing to do with those procedures, Graham continued the questioning, asking Jackson how she would feel if something happened to her. Kavanaugh happens to her.
“I’m asking her how she might feel about what you guys did!” Graham snapped at Durbin.
Jackson said she has no comment on the Kavanaugh proceedings, but wanted to respond to Graham’s earlier questions about her child pornography conviction record, which led to an exchange of her views on the matter. instructions.
“I think the best way to stop criminals when it comes to child pornography is if you downplay the boom about anyone accessing the internet and taking these images out to enjoy,” says Graham. with Jackson, who argued that, in addition to the prison sentence, she ordered prolonged surveillance and limited computer use.
“And all I can say is that your view on how to prevent child pornography is not mine. I think you’re doing it wrong and any judgment of who’s doing what you’re doing makes the kids more vulnerable to exploitation,” Graham said.