Republicans’ predominant line of attack during Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Supreme Court confirmation hearings was that the judge — with her background as a public defender, and with some of the specific rulings that one Senator dug up and misrepresented — could have too much empathy for defendants and thus be ‘soft on crime,’ particularly the q-anon obsession of pedophilia. The American Bar Association refuted this firmly Thursday.
In the CSPAN clip below, three officials from the ABA answer a question from Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL) about whether assertions (“made over and over and over again) from detractors that Brown had a record od being ‘soft on crime’ held up to scrutiny.
The ABA, after speaking with over 200 lawyers, prosecutors, and others who have worked directly with Judge Jackson, responded in the negative.
ABA officials address Republican concerns with Judge Jackson being soft on crime. They said in interviews this wasn't an issue as well.
— CSPAN (@cspan) March 24, 2022
“We heard consistently from not only defense counsel, but prosecutors, how unbiased Judge Jackson is. We heard phrases like ‘doing things by the book,’ and for example, one prosecutor described a sentencing hearing involving a very high profile sensitive national security matter, and what she said was, it was ‘classic Judge Jackson’…what this prosecutor said was that Judge Jackson put both parties through their paces, and what really impressed this prosecutor was that after oral arguments…was that the judge’s ruling included arguments that had been made both by the defense and the prosecutors…so it’s not as if she came into the hearing with her mind made up.”
Jackson’s confirmation hearings have so far included, in addition to the ‘soft on crime’ allegations that the ABA firmly refutes, demands to answer for treatment of previous SCOTUS nominees (whose hearings she was not a part of), questions about her religious views, and pressure to affirm right-wing propaganda and biases.
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