Biden Supreme Court pick suggests leniency for offenders who ‘receive’ or ‘distribute’ child porn for ’15 minutes’

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Judge Ketanji Brown Jackson answered questions on Wednesday about sentences she gave to child pornographers in several cases, saying that the use of the computer to view, collect or distribute child sex abuse images is a mitigating factor in the implementation of federal guidelines for defendants.

Questioning became contentious as Senator Lindsey Graham questioned Jackson’s record on sentencing. Graham asked why Jackson gave substantially lesser sentences for child pornographers, and Jackson stated that it had to do with the method of collection, viewing, and distribution of child pornography. Graham asked why Jackson had not used sentencing enhancements to increase sentences for those who collect, view, and distribute child pornography.

Jackson was given an opportunity to explain why she didn’t use sentencing enhancements for those who are using a computer for this purpose.

“At the that the guidelines were created for child pornography, this crime was primarily being committed by people who were literally mailing 1, 2, 5, 10, 100 photos at a time,” Jackson began.

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