Texas AG calls Judge Ketanji Jackson’s sentences ‘insult to the victims’

Although Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson appears on track for confirmation to the Supreme Court, some Republican officials are trying to keep that from happening.  

Fox News has reported that a group of 10 state attorneys general led by Texas’ Ken Paxton have sent a letter to Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin as well as Ranking Republican Chuck Grassley regarding Jackson.

Letter calls Jackson’s child porn sentences “an insult to the victims”

The other signatories are Attorneys General Leslie Rutledge of Arkansas, Lawrence Wasden of Idaho, Todd Rokita of Indiana, Jeff Landry of Louisiana, Eric Schmitt of Missouri, Austin Knudsen of Montana, John O’Connor of Oklahoma, Alan Wilson of South Carolina, and Jason Ravnsborg of South Dakota.

They echoed complaints made by Republican Sens. Ted Cruz of Texas and Josh Hawley of Missouri that Jackson has been too soft when it comes to sentencing child pornography offenders.

“[I]t’s an insult to the victims of child exploitation, who are re-victimized every time one of Judge Jackson’s prematurely released criminals views, copies, shares, or talks about those images,” the official wrote.

“The United States Senate should do its job and protect the American people from this dangerous nominee,” they added.

Some Republican senators have said they will vote to confirm Jackson

However, not all Republicans are opposed to Brown sitting on the Supreme Court, with Maine Sen. Susan Collins announcing last week that she will vote to confirm the nominee.

Meanwhile, Fox News reported on Monday that Utah Sen. Mitt Romney and Alaska Sen. Lisa Murkowski will be voting to confirm Brown as well.

“After reviewing Judge Jackson’s record and testimony, I have concluded that she is a well-qualified jurist and a person of honor,” Fox News quoted Romney as saying.

“While I do not expect to agree with every decision she may make on the Court, I believe that she more than meets the standard of excellence and integrity.”

For her part, Murkowski issued a statement praising “Judge Jackson’s qualifications, which no one questions” along with “her demonstrated judicial independence” and “demeanor and temperament.”

“While I have not and will not agree with all of Judge Jackson’s decisions and opinions, her approach to cases is carefully considered and is generally well-reasoned.”

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