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WATCH: Ketanji Brown Jackson Calls Out Senator Blatantly Misrepresenting Her COVID-19 Prison Release Ruling

WATCH: Ketanji Brown Jackson Calls Out Senator Blatantly Misrepresenting Her COVID-19 Prison Release Ruling

As the contentious questioning of Ketanji Brown Jackson by Republicans continues in the third day of hearings, President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee continues to gently but firmly correct false accusations and calmy return facts when hit with attacks.

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Senator Thom Tillis (R-NC) took his turn, following the line of questioning that his party has used to imply that Jackson is “soft on crime” and advocates for freeing dangerous criminals. Focusing on a case from 2020, in which Jackson was asked to judge a request for release by a convicted defendant who argued that the pandemic should be grounds for his freedom.

“How can I not read this to say that perhaps they should be released, irrespective of the crimes for which they have been charged?” Tillis asks, addressing Jackson’s ruling in the case.

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Jackson’s response is simple: in order to not read the ruling as advocating for the release of any inmate, regardless of the crime, sentence, or circumstances, all he has to do is “read two more sentences down.”

The full ruling can be read here, at CaseText. A relevant excerpt is quoted below.

..the government had established that Wiggins was a danger to the community…such that his pretrial detention was required…And, for the reasons explained below, nothing about the COVID-19 pandemic alters the Court’s analysis in this regard. Therefore, even if the Court assumes that COVID-19 is an “exceptional reason[] why [Wiggins’s] detention would not be appropriate…it cannot presently conclude that Wiggins has met the conditions of release…Consequently, Wiggins’s emergency motion for release must be DENIED.

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