During the break in the Ketanji Brown Jackson confirmation hearing, CNN senior legal analyst Laura Coates continues her tradition of praising what Jackson does, and also accuses Sen. Lindsay of trying to “educate Graham, the first black woman to be nominated to the Supreme Court.”
Coates, who thinks Jackson came down from Mount Olympus, retrieved the opening part of the second day’s hearing, “I think he’s doing extraordinarily well … he’s extraordinarily talented at what he’s doing. Of course, this is his fourth time appearing before a judicial committee so he knows a lot about betting and he is expressing his intelligence in a way that is persuasive, compelling and really needs to be done to make sure he demonstrates what he is doing. About everything. ”
On the other side of the spectrum was Graham, whom Coates described as “the most tragic of the day.”
What’s even more tragic is that “on the one hand there was talk of trying to educate the first black woman to be nominated by the US Supreme Court, on the other hand there was talk of trying to educate her about double standards in America.”
Of course, Coates thinks it’s too rich, because Graham could talk about it: someone who likes different nominees as long as they’re liberal.
Coates went on to praise Jackson’s response that he was lenient with child sex offenders, something that some leading legal analysts, Jeffrey Tubin, would later agree on in the segment.
The man who is best known for not being able to keep his pants on during the zoom call “wanted to add a point about this kidy porn case and this – this– I remember when I was an assistant U.S. Attorney in the 90’s. Punishment guidelines were written for those cases, at a time when the perpetrators of these crimes were ordering individual photos and usually receiving them via-and-and-drink-and-e-mail and then based on the number of photos they had. It was all pre-Internet. “
Did they use the internet to get pictures before the internet? This is CNN.
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Here is a transcript of the March 22 show:
CNN This Hour with Kate Bolduan
11:33 AM ET
KATE BOLDUAN: Laura Coates, CNN’s Senior Legal Analyst, is with us. Laura, how do you think the judge has done so far?
Laura Coates: I think she’s doing extraordinarily well and I must remember that I inadvertently paired her outfit, but I want to tell you that comparisons stop here because she’s extraordinarily talented at what she’s doing. Of course, this is his fourth time appearing before a judicial committee so he knows a lot about betting and he is expressing his intelligence in a way that is persuasive, compelling and really needs to be done to make sure he demonstrates what he is doing. In all matters.
I would say the moments with Senator Lindsay Graham were probably the most traumatic of the day. On the one hand, the discussion of trying to educate the first black woman to be nominated by the Supreme Court of the United States, trying to educate her about double standards in America was very rich for me. So was the idea of trying to use time, I think he wasted a lot of time wasting time pointing to other past nominees’ ideas as opposed to focusing on this particular person. The judge had ample opportunity to discuss children and ask him what he knew about these attacks on social media, in contrast to the so-called conservative and other regional notions, attacks and what he knew about the law. Conversation and finally, that he discussed punishment because it relates to child pornography, as it relates to sex offenders, I think he managed very well to talk thematically about getting out of the punishment guidelines, why they can sometimes, appropriately Anyway, the subtlety about it, but I had her strongest line, when she said and asked about Senator Josh Howley’s remarks as a mother as a judge, there could be nothing more than the fact that she was humble. These criminals. This is a very strong talking point that was used against him. I think he underestimated it particularly well.
Jeffrey Tubin: Kate, can I just add one point about this kid’s porn case and it – this– came up, I remember, when I was an assistant U.S. attorney in the 90’s there was a time when they- When – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – – On the number of pictures they have. This was all pre-internet.
So, once the internet comes and those and– people get access to hundreds and then thousands of photos, they will, the punishment guidelines will reflect hundreds and then thousands of photos. Federal judges are fighting over how to make a fair system that was designed for the pre-Internet, which was, still is – you have to punish the post-Internet people, and I think the point that Chairman Durbin mentioned is that the judges are Republicans. The country, including the appointed judge, is saying, “Look, we can’t apply pre-Internet designed rules to the Internet community” and many judges have resulted in a few short sentences and I thought there was a very clear explanation of why Judge Jackson was sentenced to all prison terms. . It wasn’t that he was letting these people go, but they were a bit less than the guidelines because the guidelines weren’t adapted for the internet age.