A3P Releases Transcripts of Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s Sentencing Hearings

Prosecutor Memos Reveal Graphic Details of Crimes For Which KBJ Gave Weak Sentences

WASHINGTON — Article III Project (A3P) today released new research on Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson’s excessively lenient sentencing record toward criminals charged with distributing and possessing child pornography. A3P obtained the eight sentencing transcripts and seven prosecutor sentencing recommendations (eighth under seal) for eight separate cases regarding child pornography where Judge Jackson handed down sentences that were below the United States Sentencing Guidlines, a pattern that A3P has found through research since the beginning of the nomination process. The eighth case was reported by Fox News after the hearing, leading to speculation of a cover-up. Yesterday, A3P launched a set of ads calling on U.S. Senators to vote against Judge Jackson’s nomination.

“Judge Jackson’s consistent record of excessive leniency and excuse-making for child sex predators is not only deeply disturbing; it’s disqualifying. The responsibility of a judge is to exercise sound judgment. Judge Jackson failed in this regard in 8 of 8 child pornography cases, and now many child sex predators are back on the streets waiting to get caught reoffending.

“We already know of one who reoffended after Judge Jackson let him off the hook with just 3 months instead of the recommended 8 years – and she didn’t even order routine computer monitoring following his release. When she had discretion in sentencing, Judge Jackson always sentenced these monsters to significantly less time than what the federal guidelines recommended – and 47% (possession) and 57% (distribution) below the national average. She blames federal statute, pretending that it forces her to grant extreme leniency every time. Judge Jackson even tries to blame other judges and pretends she’s within the judicial mainstream, by citing one-off cases and cherry-picking statistics. But she’s clearly not a mainstream judge.

“Judge Jackson’s decade-long sentencing record for dangerous pedophiles is as extreme as it gets. She has a policy of granting excessive leniency in every single child pornography case she can, after serving as the tip of the spear in changing federal sentencing policy for child pornographers as vice chair of the U.S. Sentencing Commission in 2012. She did this by ignoring two expert witnesses – a Columbia Medical School psychiatrist and a federal prosecutor – and concocting her dangerous theory that child pornographers are somehow not dangerous pedophiles who belong in prison for longer periods. She’s dangerously wrong.

“Judge Jackson’s 25-year legal record makes clear that she thinks our child-sex predator laws are too harsh. She ignores expert recommendations. She ignores evidence. She ignores prosecutors. She ignores the federal guidelines. She blames her staff. But she only has herself to blame. One wonders what would lead her to make these decisions and why she decided to make this a pet cause of hers. Regardless, these records prove just how heinous the sex torture crimes of young kids – even babies – committed were and just how dangerous Judge Jackson would be for child safety if she were to be elevated to the highest court in the land for the rest of her life. Senators must vote against her nomination.” – Article III Project Founder and President Mike Davis.

The full sentencing transcripts, prosecutor memos, and sentencing details can be found here. A3P was among the first to conduct comprehensive research on this issue, releasing documents that revealed Judge Jackson believed sentences and punishments for sex offenders were too harsh. Davis has led the effort to pressure Senate Judiciary Chairman Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) to end his cover-up of Judge Jackson’s leniency for child sex predators. The most recent batch of A3P research demonstrated a decade-long pattern by Judge Jackson of defying experts’ testimony and handing down sentences that were excessively less than what was recommended for those who have committed child sex crimes.

The Article III Project (A3P) was founded by veteran GOP operative and attorney Mike Davis, who, after helping win the Senate confirmation battles of Neil Gorsuch and Brett Kavanaugh, developed the reputation as a “take-no-prisoners conservative eager to challenge the left with hardball tactics,” as reported in The New York Times. A3P defends constitutionalist judges, punches back on radical assaults on judicial independence (like court-packing) and opposes judicial and other nominees who are outside of the mainstream. Davis previously served as Chief Counsel for Nominations to Chairman Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa) on the United States Senate Committee on the Judiciary and led the Senate confirmation of Justice Brett Kavanaugh and a record number of circuit court judges.