WaPo runs puff piece on pedophile in support of Biden’s Supreme Court pick

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After Senate Republicans dug into sentencing records for President Joe Biden’s Supreme Court nominee Ketanji Brown Jackson during confirmation hearings this week, the Washington Post decided to combat their claims that she was soft on pedophiles by writing a puff piece on one of the child pornographers to whom she had given a light sentence.

The Washington Post tracked down Wesley Hawkins, the man who received a three-month sentence in Jackson’s court, and spoke to him about his crimes, the sentence, and his life since those three months in prison. They were sympathetic to him and his struggles by way of defending Jackson’s sentencing, which was under intense critique by Senate Republicans, specifically Josh Hawley.

Hawkins was 18-years-old at the time he committed the crime, amassing multiple images of child sex abuse on his computer. The case was the United States v. Hawkins. Senator Josh Hawley questioned Jackson about the case, and the sentence imposed, which was only three months. The prosecutor in the case asked for two years in prison. The federal sentencing guidelines per the Protect Act of 2003 were 97 to 121 months, or up to 10 years.

“I wasn’t very happy that she gave me three months,” Hawkins said, who had to register as a sex offender for 10 years after the conviction, “though, after reflection when I was in jail, I was hearing from other people who said it was their first time arrested and they got five years, six years.”

Hawkins uploaded five videos showing the sex abuse of children to YouTube, and another 36 images to his iCloud account. A police search of his home found another 17 videos on Hawkins’ computer and 16 images. “All of them very graphic,” Hawley said, “Some of them involving very young children. 17 videos in particular.” There were children as young as 8-years-old depicted, as well as pre-teens and teens closer to Hawkins’ own age. He had upwards of 600 images and videos in all.

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