Guy Farmer: Double standards for judges

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As I watched and listened to President Biden’s Supreme Court nominee, African-American Federal Appeals Judge Ketanji Brown-Jackson, testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee last week, I was struck by the stark contrast between how Republican senators treated Jackson and how Democratic senators treated former President Trump’s nominees, Justices Brett Kavanaugh and Amy Coney Barrett, who now sit on the High Court.
The same Democratic senators who portrayed Kavanaugh as a beer-drinking serial rapist and questioned Barrett’s devout Catholicism hail Jackson as the greatest Supreme Court nominee of all time. This strikes me as an obvious double standard, even though I believe Jackson testified honestly and is well qualified to replace outgoing Liberal Justice Stephen Breyer, one of his judicial mentors; she worked for him earlier in her career.
Although Republican senators asked difficult, even harsh, questions of Jackson about her criminal record and philosophy, they never vilified her as a horrible person, as Democrats did to Kavanaugh. The senses. Lindsey Graham (RS.C) and Josh Hawley (R-Mo.) posed legitimate questions about why she consistently gives short sentences to child pornographers — shorter than the federal sentencing guidelines she has. helped write.
Hawley asked about a case in which Jackson sentenced a child pornographer to three months in prison despite sentencing guidelines she helped draft calling for a minimum of 10 years behind bars. She replied that the pervert’s transgressions “did not signal a particularly heinous or egregious offense of child pornography.” In my view, however, all child pornography is abhorrent and egregious.
CNN legal analyst Jeffrey Toobin, who was suspended last year for masturbating on a Zoom call, lambasted Hawley for “appealing to QAnon’s public.” Toobin is a dubious source and I reject the idea that any criticism of Judge Jackson is due to “racism”.
Senator Ted Cruz, a Republican from Texas who will run for president in 2024, pointed out that Jackson’s sentences for child pornography were nearly 50% lower than what prosecutors were recommending. These are the facts; draw your conclusions. My conclusion is that Jackson is a liberal jurist whose sentences reflect the fact that she was a federal public defender for several years, during which time she defended Guantanamo terrorists and other undesirables who deserved defense under our system of jurisprudence.
I am not criticizing Jackson for being a public defender because I have worked closely with public defenders while serving as an English/Spanish court interpreter after returning to Carson in 1996. I respect the vital work that defenders do public in court and I admire their willingness to defend the dregs of humanity like illegal Salvadoran immigrant Wilber Martinez Guzman, who murdered four people in Douglas County and Reno in 2019. Even though he was convicted to multiple life sentences earlier this year, public defenders saved him from the death penalty.
“Barring unforeseen circumstances, little stands in the way of Judge Jackson’s confirmation,” observed the conservative Wall Street Journal. “The composition of the Senate is unchanged from last year, when three Republicans joined 50 Democrats in confirming it to the DC Circuit Court of Appeals.”
I think Jackson will be confirmed to the Supreme Court, whose composition will remain the same for now: six conservatives and three liberals.


Carson School Superintendent
Because former Manchester, NH school superintendent John Goldhardt is unable or unwilling to accept the generous contract offered to him by our local school board, the board should forget about the important Goldhardt and offer a contract to the Runner-up, on a 4-3 vote, Carson teaches CFO Andrew Feuling, who is already here — so no cross-country moving costs — and knows the local district well. Do it!
Guy W. Farmer is the Appeal’s senior political columnist.

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